Very seldom pilgrims take the effort to visit the “forgotten” Skiti Xenofontos, that’s why I decided to have a look. I got a big surprize, because in stead of an old and ruined settlement I found an almost totally renovated skete, which probably will inhabited again soon and maybe even pilgrims will get a chance of staying there in the near future!
So my first goal on Monday 1st of September was a visit to Skiti Xenofontos. “Nobody is living there”, said a monk in Xenofontos to me and he looked surprized when I told him we would go there anyway. This is the road we took, starting at 11.45 h.:
Detail of the old Zwerger map from 1980: at that time only paths led to the skiti, today it is only dirt roads going there.
Behind this small house, from Xenofontos monastery, a path goes up that leads to a dirt road
Here the path meets the the dirt road, with the monastery on the background
Here a sign pointing back to Xenofontos and to Karyes and skiti Evaggelismou = Annunciation, the other / Greek name for Skiti Xenofontos
Another sign along the road, pointing to a path going up the hill, leading to kelliou Profitou Daniel
The high-lighted pin in the middle is the spot where I shot the next picture, with an ruined kellion
Here the road curves to landinwards
The first houses of Skiti Xenofontos appear
Looking back over the valley called “Rema” towards the coast and Silouan mill (just in front of the boat)
This picture is shot a few days later, from the boat: left the brigde that leads to Panteleimonos, behind it the Silouan mill and in the far left up the hill, Skiti Xenofontos
A small kellion with a water reservoir, belonging to skiti Xenofontos
The same house in detail
Arriving at the central buildings of the skiti (after one hour, 12.45 h.), with a tower and church and several houses, which were all inhabited, but recently renovated!
The tower and katholicon
Details of the church
The church was build in 1902:
and this window in 1909
The church was closed and there was nobody to let me in, so I peeped through the windows
Beautiful marble floors, but no decorations/murals on the walls
The backside of the katholicon
and the tower is exactly dated: 20 March 1896
The restoration is still in progress, with the help the European Union
Inside this building: an olive oil press
Behind the house: large earthenwere vessels
Workmen were busy fixing the roof
Amidst the new tiles for the roof: an old Toyota van
Up the hill: more houses belonging the skete
Leaving the skete and looking back towards the sea. We resumed our hike to Skiti Profitou Eliou, next time more pictures of this trip!