On our 2015 trip we approached the Holy Mountain by boat from Ierissos . We sat foot on land at the Vatopedi harbour (arsanas). The boat docked at the peer you see above. This early photograph is taken in 1870. While standing on the peer I made some pictures of the boathouses and storagebuildings on the waterfront.
Boathouses with on top of the hill the ruins of the Athonite Academy.
The storagebuildings lower part is build in 1820, the top of this building is from a later date (after 1870) as the other type of bricks and the vintage photo show.
The main entrance of the storagebuilding on the other side. An ancient stone with a bull was used to decorate the wall. Maybe this part came from the pre-christian city of Charadria (mentioned by Strabon) which was probably located near Vatopedi. See the reaction of Claudiu on this in the comment below.
Again Vatopedi in 1870 with the large boathouse and chapel. In 2009 I photographed it from the road.
The boathouse and chapel in 2009 were almost in ruins. But in 2015 they were restoring the place.
2015: The building are being restored.
Text and photo’s Herman Voogd