Today the news arrived that the European Regional Development Fund financed an amount of 3,302,490 euros to maintain the murals of the Protaton.
Photo thanks to Keliotis.
In total an amount of 7.5 Euro is budgeted, also for the preservation of Holy Mountain relics and some other archaeological sites in Macedonia. "It should be noted that the monumental painting (mostly paintings, but also mosaics) covers approximately 35,000 square meters. Moreover, in the temples and the sacristy of the Mount Athos monasteries lie over 15,000 Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, as well as thousands of manuscripts, historical documents, printed books, sacred vessels, vestments and other artifacts".
Ag. Nicolaos in bad shape in the Protaton (September 2009) – note the iron bar in the right upper corner -: photo by Wim Voogd
I hope this will mean that the ugly iron bars that filled the church in the past years soon will be removed!
Here you can see how many European money was granted in the last period 1994-99: