As you probably know, I occasionally roam the internet looking for Athos photos or publications. Today I found some time to show you some of my findings, beginning with the oldest:
This is a page from a Dutch book, written by Kircherius in 1668. Its shows the plan of the sculptor of Alexander the Great, Dinocrates, to transform Mount Athos into a huge statue of Alexander. The image of Alexander is quite funny. In the mid 17th century and in 1721 two other examples show uo, with a better looking Alexander carved in the rock.
An early photograph of Simonospetras monastery
Although only slightly related to Athos, I did not want to withhold this picture from Thessaloniki from you. Here you can still see the old city walls, that were built all the way to the shoreline.
From the book Childe Harold’s “Pilgrimage to Mount Athos, a romaunt” – etching. The mountain near Mylopotamos and Filotheou.
A photograph of the Panteleimonos complex, with the monastery in the background. Later this photograph was copied by others, who made a similar etching of the photo.
Article “The Mountain of the Monks” from the magazine “The Art Journal”: an etching of Simonospetras, seen from the North.
From the magazine “Magazin Pittoresque”: Chilandariou monastery, article in french, 31 of January 1890.
Russian abbots from the Holy Mountain, and
two Russians from Athos. Unfortunately my understanding of Russian is zero, so I cannot translate.
update 17/6: our friend Vasilis translated the text for us (thanks!): on picture 1 is the abbot (hegoumeny) of Panteleimonos Gerasimos (1) and other monks (archimandrite) of Panteleimonos and Skiti Andreas (names). On picture 2, left, Alexander Ivanovitsj Sushkin (I don’t know him) and right abbot archimandrite Makarios from Panteleimonos.
Three D photographs of the Panteleimonos monastery made by Verascope Richard, Empire Ottoman, Macedoine.
Another three D photo of Panteleimonos
And also from 1900, to be exact 25th of February: an article in an Italian magazine “Domenica del Corriere”, with a photo of Grigoriou. By mistake the author thinks this is Agiou Paulou monastery.
A picture of Chilandariou monastery, seen from the North.
Wim Voogd, 17-06-2020
About the ‘Russians’: my totally imperfect Russian tels me that on picture 1 is the abbot (hegoumeny) of Panteleimonos Gerasimos (1) and other monks (archimandrite) of Panteleimonos and Skiti Andreas (names). On picture 2, left, Alexander Ivanovitsj Sushkin, I don’t know him, and right abbot archimandrite Makarios from Panteleimonos.
Picture2 :Alexander Susshkin is the same man as archimandrite & abbot Makarios from Panteleimonos.