1186 – The bell tower of Panteleimonos

On the first day of our trip to Athos we started from the harbour of Panteleimonos. We visited the bell tower. From there is a splendid view of the monastery. But the interior of the bell tower is interesting as well.DSC_0222

The entrance to the bell tower. Pantleimonos was build in the years 1812 – 1821. It started as a Greek monastery but was turned into a Russian monastery in 1857 due to a desicion by the patriach in Constantinople. I could not find any information about the bell tower it self, but I assume that it was build in the same period. The tower fits the surrounding buildings.

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Pilgrims Jaap and Peter were quite impressed by the biggest bell and its clapper.

 

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An overview of the interior of the bell tower. They come in different sizes. De bells are attached with an ingenious system of ropes to play the carillon.

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Some of the bells can be played by food pedals. Counter weighs of different forms and shapes are used to balance the food panels.

Does anybody have a recording of the bells of Panteleimonos?

Bas Kamps

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3 Responses to 1186 – The bell tower of Panteleimonos

  1. aleksandros says:

    Hi Bas,
    I have a CD of Service of Saint Silouan the Athonite that contains a track of bell sounds recorded at Russian monastery (duration is only 51 seconds ). If you want I can send it by email.

  2. Bertinos says:

    Hi Alexandros, is that the recording by the monks of I.M. Simonopetras, “ordered” by the Monastery in Essex (@Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon)?

  3. aleksandros says:

    Bertinos,
    Yes.

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