In the red circle the graveyard and ossuary of Vatopedi is situated.
The wall that surrounds the graveyard with an impressive and very old olive tree in front of it. Behind the wall you can see the graveyard’s chapel.
The entrance doors to the graveyard, with a marble plaquette with a cross above the doors.
The graveyard with the crosses of deceased monks and a chapel with a ossuary/cellar
The cellar of the chapel with boxes and bags full with (parts of) bones and skulls
The bed where the monks carry the body of the deceaced in.
Some of the graves
The graveyard with the monastery in the background.
The chapel and its entrance
The other side of the chapel
The new ossuary, behind the chapel.
with the skulls of the deceaced monks on shelves.
In former days the ossuary of Vatopedi was less organized and looked like this (date unknown).
A water tap in the graveyard, with a relatively new text on a marble plaquette with among other things the name of abbot of Vatopedi Ephraim on it.
Can you help us translating?
Japetus did: The marble plate writes: “Like a twelve faucet spring that irrigates the church, let the twelve Apostles bless this water fountain which Abbot Efrem of the Great Vatopedi monastery has established with the expenses of honorable Andrei Birzin from Russia at the loving memory of his mother Ludmilla on October 2017”.
Wim Voogd, 31th July