The first time I visited Karyes in 1980 I saw, if I remember correctly, that there was still an old building opposite of the Protaton bell tower, next to the chapel of Ag. Nikolaos and the graveyard, here visible on this picture from 1941.
But when I visited Karyes afterwards, all I saw on this was an empty space, covered in weeds and grass. The old building had been removed.
This is how it looked like in 2009, when the empty spot on the left still was covered with grass.
The same (empty) spot on the left, now seen from the other side, with the konkaki of Filotheou on the right.
But today things look very different! On Facebook Prodromos Grigoriatis and our reader Vasílis shared a video, made on the 4th of July 2021, from which I took some stills.
This picture shows the main street of Karyes, with its shops and the car parking in the background: on the right there is a green fence, with a hole in it to look through.
If you look through the hole in the fence, you wil see a huge excavation the rock and massive construction activities by workers, preparing the foundations of a large building!
I wonder what will be build here? Rumor has it that it will be a large supermarket. If that is true, is it wise to build something like this on this historic site, that is under the protection of UNESCO? Who knows the answer?
Wim Voogd, 17/7/2021
Update 21/7/2021: today the concrete floor is sprayed on the steel reinforcement grid.