Unfortunately I did not have enough time to shoot some good pictures in the exonarthex of Koutloumousiou on October 3th 2011. Here are some of them, starting with two still shots from a video my friend Jitze took:
Bertinos added this informatin: The upper part of the picture with demons and angels shows Paradise. Apart from the Panagia, you can see the good thief/murderer who was crucified with Christ, and to whom Christ said that he would be with Him in paradise (Luke 23:43). The angel at the gate is the “Cherubim with the Flaming Sword” from Genesis 3:24. The three old men are indeed the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with the souls of the righteous in their bosom (see Luke 16:22 e.a.), an image that you might know from the negro spiritual “Rock My Soul In The Bosom of Abraham” or even Elvis Presley.
In Lavra the same image can be found:
The ceiling from a drome: the Pantocrator in a shining sphere, dressed in white and with a bag, surrounded by stars and Saints. This is what Bertinos added (thanks!): The dome with the Pantocrator refers to the Apocalypse, the bag being the universe which angels will roll up like a scroll at the end of times (Apocalypse 6:14).
Therefore, it seems that the strange snow on the mountains refers to the bloody rains and hail in chapter 8,7 of the Apocalypse and which will devaste the earth.
The camara points to the right: Saints with texts and Agiou Charalammes (Charalambos ?) on the right
Another drome with fresco’s, with Assumption scenes on the left. Bertinos added: the left part represents the Great Feast of Theophany (January 6th), when St. John baptised Christ in the River Jordan, while the right part depicts the Feast of the Lifegiving Fount/Well (celebrated on the first Friday after Easter/Pascha) and the City of Constantinople.
As I told you, I did not have a lot of time to take some good pictures, I hope you like the ones of Karakalou and Ag. Anna better.
Wim, 25/2 (updated 25/3/2015)
(next time we will go to Iviron)