On our way to Prodromou we made a quick visit to the Great Lavra monastery. Although I visited this spot a couple of times before, I’d never had a chance to find the ossuary. Before visiting these buildings outside the monastery walls, we received a warm a welcome and a refreshment (water, coffee and tsipourou) at the guesthouse.
This plan from Mylonas shows you the buildings I visited:
At S you can find an old water mill (not in use):
Q is the arched gate to the area.
And R is the door to the graveyard and its buildings
Detail of the text above the door
At O is the field with the graves/crosses:
And next to it a building P that lies above the actual ossuarium (Z):
with used crosses with the names of the deceased, and
a niche with a wall painting, with the cross of Ioakim……..
You have to leave the area and follow the path towards Prodromou, to find the entrance to the ossuarium at Z:
And when you peek through the door you see this: the bones and skulls of inhabitants who have lived here over a 1000 years !
Inside the monastery this text above a kitchen door drew my attention:
Detail of the text
After a short visit to Lavra it is time to leave for the last stretch of our hike from Karakalou to Prodromou.
The entrance to Lavra, Jitze and Winfried
(from 15/7 to 10/8 I will have summer holidays: see you again in 4 weeks. Have a nice vacation all of you!)