On August 28th 2023 a new kelion was opened on Athos. This is a special occasion, because the opening of a new habitation does not happen regularly on The Holy Mountain. Although, in 2018 I posted a blog with the news that a new Georgain settlement was being build near Kolitsou, not far from Vatopedi monastery.
According to the Athonite statutes, there are 20 ruling monasteries on the Holy Mountain, and all other sketes and cells are dependent upon one of these main monasteries. The new Georgian habitation is dependent upon Lavra. The first is dependent upon Simonopetras (where could this building be?) and the second upon Vatopedi- Kolitsou.
The news is announced on the official website of the Georgian Patriarchate. It does not tell us where the new skete/keli is located, but if you look at the picture above it must be somewhere in the Provata area near Karakallou (with the top of the Holy Mountain insight).
The new skete was founded by the initiative and direct efforts of Father Hilarion, a Georgian monk who has already been laboring on Mt. Athos for more than 20 years, and with the financial help of Georgian believers.
Wim Voogd, 4/9/2023
Japetus wrote in a comment that a new settlement on Athos cannot be called a skete because there is a maximum of 12 on the Holy Mountain, so it must be named a keli/kelion.