In recent posts we showed some of the earliest negatives from the year 1853, by Ernest de Caranza & Emile Charles Labbé. We don’t recognize all the place the pictures were taken. They were shot in a time when it was still very expensive to take a picture. So they must have been made with special attention and a special meaning.
Who recognizes a monastery, a kellion or a skete, on these rare, antique, photos? Some of the pictures might be mirrored horizontally.nr. 1: According to Jema this is Arhangeli,Kukuzelisa with Lavra in the background. Here a photo by Dragan Jemuovic. More unknown Athos by Dragan Jemuovic here.nr. 2: it could be a group of houses near Zographou, according to the architecture and the shapes of the surrounding hills. Dragan names it Paraklis Evangelismos . nr. 3: we see a broad path. It could be somewhere between Dafni and Karies. We don’t recognise the fountain along the road. The tops of the cypresses suggest a building or cemetery nearby. A plausible suggestion by silviucluci, the well St. George near Xenofontosnr. 4: a wide open space, some low buildings. A wooden building in the left. A field that is recently ploughed. Anyone? silviucluci thinks that it could be Milopotamos:nr. 5: which monastery could this be? The shapes are very Athonian. The structure reminds us of Grigouriou. According to Wim this might be the katholicon of Docheiariou:
nr. 6: the straight and sharp building makes us think about Xiropotamou. But we ‘re open for suggestions. silviucluci suggests also Koutloumousiou. nr. 7: probably the open structure with the cupola contains an icon or other holy objects. The pillars, they seem to be carried by doglike animals, are quite typical and can reveal its location. Dragan Jemuovic and silviucluci are convinced that it is the courtyard of Lavra:nr. 8: According to Dragan these are boathouses at the arsanas of Pantocratoros, see photo below/red arrow. silviucluci thinks arsanas Provata or Filotheou. With your help we hope to name and place these pictures?!
Bas Kamps (and the last photos by Herman Voogd)