1929 – Kapsala: the ruined kellion of St. John Chrysostomos – the interior

wikiloc 4 Marouda - Kapsala 9,34 km pijlIn post 1922 I showed you the pictures from the exterior of this ruined Russian settlement, that is located near the Maroudá cell (green pin) -see the red arrow on the map above. Today we will take a closer look inside the kyriakon. DSCN4103 (Large)The door to the kyraikon, with stairs to the first floor, where the main church is situated.DSC01408 (Large)Not only the debris that covers the stairs makes it a dangerous place to be: you’ll have to be aware not step on a rotten floor or fall in a hole!DSC01404 (Large)

DSC01402 (Large)DSCN4115 (Large)The main church: the interior is typical for the Russian architecture on Athos: the walls are painted white, although I found a few paintings just beneath the dome:DSCN4116 (Large).JPGthe domeDSC01403 (2).JPGA Saint or disciple writing with pen and paper, with a cow next to him DSC01403 (3)Ioannis Chrysostomos(?), also with pen and paperDSC01403 (4)A Saint a large beard and in a white cloth, with a book in his hand (and wings behind him?)

This is what Bertinos comments about the paintings (thanks!):

The first painting is indeed of the Evangelist Luke (with a winged bull), the second one is the Evangelist John (with an eagle), and the third one either (likely) the Evangelist Mark (with a winged lion) or Matthew (with an angel), but the photograph is to unclear to figure that out.tDSCN7353 (Large)DSCN4120 (Large)On the floor I found many pieces of paper, almost lost forever because of their state of decayDSC01407 (Large)This piece of paper reveiled a picture. When I took a closer look I discovered a picture of the building I was standing in!image1 (3)The kellion of St. John Chrysostomos, seen almost from the same angle as the postcard below!postcard athos russian John ChrysostomosThe complete “leaflet” from 1907 with its Russian text:image1 (2)image3image2image4DSCN4118 (Large)The entrance to the church and the stairways in the background (with Efrem and Jizte). Above them a balcony, that I did not visit because of the danger of collapsing.DSCN4119 (Large)A door to a room next to the churchDSCN4108 (Large)A window in this room, that contained a special cubboard:DSCN4110 (Large)The ossuary!DSCN4106 (Large)More skulls in a nicheDSCN4107 (Large)With bones piled up in a cubboard.

Two windows in the side roomDSC01405 (Large)The green “European” jungle outside is trying to conquer the buildingtDSCN7354 (Large)DSCN4122 (Large)A wooden pilar and ceilingDSCN4123 (Large)The stairs to the second floor and the balcony: I did not try to go there!DSCN4124 (Large)Going down the ground floorDSC01400 (Large)DSC01401 (Large)The church seen through a hole, from the ground floorDSC01409 (Large)Me cautious leaving the building.DSC01399 (Large)After the visit to this ruin Efrem took us further on a exiting walk through the green jungle of Kapsala. Next time a few pictures of this hike!DSCN4144 (2)Wim Voogd, 1th of July (photo’s also by Tadeus and Jitze)

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4 Responses to 1929 – Kapsala: the ruined kellion of St. John Chrysostomos – the interior

  1. Vasílis says:

    The Saint with a cow is the Holy Evangelist Lucas (as might be seen in the text next to him). The four Evangelists are pictured in the four corners, but I cannot read the Russian texts, John, Marc en Matthew.

  2. alex says:

    The complete “leaflet” with its Russian text:

    Writings of Saint John Chrysostom
    Commentary on the Gospel of Saint Matthew
    Homily VII

    Edition of the kellion of St. John Chrysostom on Mt. Athos

  3. Bertinos says:

    The first painting is indeed of the Evangelist Luke (with a winged bull), the second one is the Evangelist John (with an eagle), and the third one either (likely) the Evangelist Mark (with a winged lion) or Matthew (with an angel), but the photograph is to unclear to figure that out.

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