Athos keeps surprizing me! After the ‘discovery’of the abandoned kelli Timiou Stavrou in 1986, that has been inhabited now since 5 years by Father David, I thought I’d seen all forgotten and deserted settlements.
When I visited Filotheou in the past years I was puzzled by a large building that could be seen on the other side of the valley, in the direction of Iviron. On Tuesday September 2nd I passes this building on a close range, not realizing it was so near.
Two days later, on September 4th, we had to change plans because of the thunderstorms near the mountain, so we decided to go back to Karakalou monastery. From there I only had to walk 1 h.15 min v.v. to what showed to be “kelli Agiou Onoufriou”.
A beautiful monopati leads from Filotheou to the kelli, only the last few hundred meters goes over a dirt road.
Soon after leaving the monopati, you can see a sign. Behind it you can see a wall, that is part of the original path that leeds to the kelli, which is blocked now by a pole and vegetation. I took the dirt road and soon saw this building:The building is two stories high with a large church under a iron and rusted dome. The is one main entrance and another one in the backyard. Let’s have a closer look at the exterior.
And here is founding stone: build in 1881, as many Russian building are on Athos. This was very productive time for Russians on Athos and a lot of money was spend on erecting several places, like Panteleimonos, Skiti Prof Eliou, Palio Monastiro, Bogoroditsa, the Serail/skiti Andreou, and Timiou Stavrou. Now another large building is added to the list of Russian settlements!
Here an example of what I found inside:
PS: the pictures in this blog are of a minor quality, because the batteries of my Nikon camera were empty, so these pictures were shot with my iPhone-4 camera (with 5% battery left!).