After the “warm” welcome with a cup of coffee and old winter coats (see 1669), Father Alexi invited us in to have a look in his house.
Detail of the ceiling with God strenching his arms and blessing the ones below.In the narthex on the left a painting of the Panaghia arriving at the “Garden of the Holy Virgin” and men ánd women welcomming her.
Detail of the last scene.On the right side there is an interesting scene of the Portatissa icon of Iviron, that appeared in the sea. Look at the monk that tries to get the icon, a group of people watching on land and the detailed way the arsanas, the farm near the coast and the monastery is painted (see below).
The Iviron monasteryAbove the door: a scene from the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God: “And, behold, while they were carrying her, a certain well-born Hebrew, Jephonias by name, running against the body, put his hands upon the couch; and, behold, an angel of the Lord by invisible power, with a sword of fire, cut off his two hands from his shoulders, and made them hang about the couch, lifted up in the air”.
Wim Voogd, 16/3