1039 – 2009 Trip to Athos: Mylopotamos library day 1 – 22

To end day one I will show the pictures of the library of Mylopotamos. First of all I have to thank father Ioachim for taking the time to show us this special place and secondly our thanks go to Giannis, who used his influence to make this possible.

The library of Mylopotamos, Father Ioachim and pilgrim Bas

For me this visit to the library brought back memories to that special day in 1986, when my friend Pieter and I visited the library of Docheiariou, accompanied by a Greek professor from Thessaloniki, who explained us everything about the very old books we were allowed to hold in our hands and look though it. Most of the parchment books were eaten by bookworms and had holes in it…….. The professor put the books on microfilm.

Father Ioachim showing us the oldest – renovated – book of the library

Detail of the oldest book

Bureau in the library

book: Akolouthia 1901

Akolouthia 1901

Akolouthia 1901

From the book Towers of Mount Athos, Armos, Athens 1998 from Markos Kambanis: Nea Skiti


Father Ioachim teaching pilgrims Jaap, Bas and Herman

Pictures form the book about Panselinos’ frescos in the Protaton

Panselinos: The descent of Christ info Hell

Panselinos: Presentation of the Virgin

Panselinos fresco

Panselinos: St. Nicolas

Pilgrim Jaap behind the desk of the library

Father Ioachim showing us a map of the old territory of Greece

detail of the map: Chalkidiki

Another old book “Maximos Elachistos EN”

The ceiling of the library

This ends day one (in 22 episodes!) of our trip to mt. Athos in 2009. On day two the two groups will split up again: soon I will tell the story about our long walk to Dionysiou.

Wim Voogd, 17/4

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1 Response to 1039 – 2009 Trip to Athos: Mylopotamos library day 1 – 22

  1. Dimitris says:

    It all points to a restoration project that was never carried through.. Possibly due to lack of funds. Kaliagra tower is worth restoring though as it is a beautiful structure at a very beautiful natural setting. Hopefully they will find the money soon. Also, I don’t know if it has been mentioned, but Kaliagra was the principal point of entry to Athos up to the middle of the 20th century. It’s decline started when people started using the Ouranoupolis-Dafni route to visit Athos

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