On our trip in 2009 I saw for the first time the 18th century ruins of the Athonite Academy close to Vatopedi. This school was intended to become the principal centre for higher education for all Greek speaking people . After a few years in 1753 it became a classic university with Greek and Latin literature, philosophy and mathematics it provided a complete course of classical learning. Soon their came opposition from monks who regarded the teaching at the academy as novel, dangereous and incompatible with their monastic traditions. So the real use of this building was between 1748 and 1759. Already in 1765 a visitor refered to it as a ” nest of crows” . Several attempts were made to revive the school but the school closed the last time in 1809. It was partly destroyed by fire afterwards probaby by opposing monks. (info thanks so G. Speake, Mount Athos Renewal in Paradise)
Reconstruction of the school build in 1747 on a hill overlooking the bay of Vatopedi.