1861 – Find the differences

1853Xiropotamou in 1853. Photo by Ernest de Caranza and Emile Charles Labbé.
Watch the figure in the tower on the right.xiropotamou-2013
Xiropotamou in 2013. Photo by H. Voogd. The towerclock is not round shaped anymore and they plastered the church a bit.sografou-barsky-1744Sografou drawn by Barsky in 1744. Is there a part missing in the top righthand corner?
The Bulgarian monastery of Sografou (Zograf) in 1853. Photo by Ernest de Caranza and Emile Charles Labbé. Unique image without the prominent refectory. Below the situation a couple of years later 1867 – 1872. Now they have build an entrance tower with a cupola rooftop but still no refectory extension.


Sografou in 1941 by German scientist prof. dr. Dölger. Here the refectory is build.
This is how Sografou looks nowadays.

Herman Voogd

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4 Responses to 1861 – Find the differences

  1. risabuzatova says:

    How lovely to see photographs of the same place over time. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. After my opinion the picture of Zografou dated 1853 shows the other side of the complex than the two newer photographs. Note the place of the cupolas of the katholikon. On the oldest picture they are on the right, on the other two at the left. The refectory was already completed in 1758. The bell tower, which is indeed not detectable on the picture of 1853, was just complted in 1896. But it are very interesting photographs; thanks !

    • Correction: the cupoloas which I mentioned are not from the katholikon.

    • athosweblog says:

      Hans, I agree that it is puzzling but the half round extension of the refectory (and other floors ) was not yet build. Look at the new photo made between 1867 – 1872.
      The lines of the landscape are correct. After comparing the two photographs I am convinced that the photographer stood on the same spot as in the more recent photo’s.

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