I will finish our visit to Esfigmenou with some pictures of the courtyard. Unfortunately we, non-orthodox pilgrims, are not allowed to visit the service at the Katholicon and cannot eat together with the monks in the trapeza. After dinner I tried my best to persuade the monk who is in charge of the library, to visit it. After a long thought he exused himself by telling that he did not know me well enough and that the library was being renovated at the moment, so I missed a change of seeing the tent of Napoleon.
Soon after this conversation a monk came to me and asked if we were from Holland. When we confirmed his question he started talking Dutch and it showed out that he had been living in Amsterdam for couple of years! During the Yougoslavian war he fled from Serbia and got asylum in Holland. But he did not find his way in Amsterdam: he met the wrong people and ended up using hard drugs and got adicted. On Athos he found a way to resume his life and he felt happy living in the Greek monastery Esfigmenou.
Here is the plan of the courtyard: