Every pilgrim who visited Athos and the Great Lavra monastery is impressed by the two large cypress trees in front of the refectory. The monastery was founded in 963, so the trees might be more than 1000 years old (see post Cypress tree Lavra), photo 2007.But there is another old monastery, founded in the second half of the 10th century by Euthymios (supposedly a disciple of Athonasios the Athonite of Lavra), called Docheiariou. Here you can also find two very large cypresses, the only problem is, you can hardly see them or find them. While standing on the pier no large cypresses can be seen.Even when you pass the monastery by boat is hard to find the two trees. If you zoom in the picture you see the two trees behind the tower, on the right (photo 2014).
And when I reached the spot I was surprized by the sheer size of the trunks!These huge trees are just as large, or even maybe larger, then the Lavra cypresses! According to me it is undecided where the oldest tree on Athos could be, but I think the Docheiariou trees make a good chance!The trees seen from a greater distance (with the ugly construction crane, when will they remove this red monster?)