2127 – The mediaeval tower at the arsanas of Karakallou

Our taxibus that would take us to Karyes suddenly stopped for a sanitary stop by the side of the road. We took the opportunity to look around. We were close to the arsanas of Karakallou. We saw this impressive mediaeval tower just in front of us.

I tried to find more and older pictures of this tower but I did not succeed, except for this one. This is a still from a film dedicated to the celebration of 1000 years of the Holy Mountain (the French Pathé millennium film is shot in 1963). See here. The still is after 18 seconds. It seems that there is hardly any material about this castle in the English language.

There is a wonderful artist impression of Karakallou arsanas made by Dominique Papety. We showed the art of Papety (1815-1849) before. He went to Athos twice and made many pictures. He died at a young age from cholera.

This is the perspective Google Earth gives of the situation. The interior of the tower and the adjacent walled castle seems to be filled by nature. So nature will take over if the roof is not restored.

Bas Kamps

This entry was posted in 11 Karakallou, arsanas, Trip 2019 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to 2127 – The mediaeval tower at the arsanas of Karakallou

  1. alex says:

    A landslide has destroyed the road Dafni-Karyes.

  2. Dimitris says:

    There is a very nice model of the tower, that if I recall correctly is kept at the pilgrim’s office in Thessaloniki.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s