In post 1627 I showed you the exterior of the “forgotten” kelli of Agiou Onoufriou. Today I will show the pictures I took inside. The backdoor was not locked but could simply be opened by removing an iron wire. The kelli seemed abandoned. The Russians that once lived there left the building at least a couple of decades ago, concerning the state of maintainance and decay.
Before entering the groundfloor of the building through the side door I had a look through the windows, where a small church/chapel could be seen with an iconostasis and several church chairs.
When entering the building I made three meters: I saw the chapel on my left hand (helas a blurry picture):
To my surprize the chapel looked well kept and maybe still in use, because there is a carpet on the floor, two standards for portable icons, four holders for candle’s and even a piece of cloth that is used during service. The small icons were not painted but photographs and were not of any value, but the ones in the iconostasis were beautiful and handpainted.
The doors in the iconostasis with the Last Supper above them. On the doors six lively and expressive pictures of Petrus, Jesus, and two Holy females, on the right probably the Panaghia and on the left an angel holding flowers. The free style of this icon/painting is extraordinary and this quality I have seldom seen before on Athos.
On the right side of the iconostasis you can see three large painted icons, from left to right Jezus, an unknown Saint and Saint Nicolas. Look at the fine candle holders! Details of six small images above the three large icons are absent.
Left of the central doors of the iconostasis again three large icons, starting with the Panaghia with the child Jezus, a Saint, probably of the doctor Panteleimonos with a red cross, and a third Holy Saint, could it be Saint Peter?
I decided to have look on the second floor. Climbing the wooden stairs was again a harzardous enterprize, because I was afraid to fall through the steps. And only my friend in Karakalou knew that I visiting this place, whilst the battery level in my iPhone was becoming dangerously low, so it was a bit scary.
But on arriving on the first the last thing I expected to see was this overwhelmingly large and beautiful church with a golden iconostasis, decorated with numerous icons!
Looking up to the dome I saw these fine murals, with Jezus, God and the Holy Spirit in the center, surrounded by eight Saints, and four Saints surrounding them. Unfortuanately the picture is too blurry to distinguish more details. Maybe the picture below is a little better:
Let’s have a closer look at the icons in the iconostasis, beginning the ones next to the central doors:
This almost ends the pictures of the interior: next time I will show you the remaining.