The route Karyes – Iviron. See more here.
After having a quick look in Karyes I planned to walk to Iviron, but unfortunately time was running out. It would take us another 1,5 hour to get there, and we already did quite some walking that day. So we decided to take a taxi to Iviron, thus skipping a visit to Skiti Koutloumousiou, Skiti Iviron and many other settlements that I wanted to see. Guess what’s on my list for the next visit to Athos in 2011?
In 1980 I visited Mount Athos as a 23 year young man. Soon after getting the Diamoniterion (permit) in Karyes we walked to Iviron. The first thing I ever saw in a monastery was this icon. But it was not just that. A young monk came in and started bowing in front of the icon. Then he kneeled down, touching his head to the ground and stood up again. He did this 5 times, 10 times, 20 times and after that I lost counting, but it must have been at least 100 times that he repeated this act of worshipping! It made a great impression to me!
Unfortunately the service started in the Katolicon, so the door to the chapel and the icon closed in front of my eyes, so I was not able to see the icon again.
Next time more outside pictures of Iviron. First skiing in the snow next week, I’ll be back 26/2!