2296 – the ossuary of Sografou

Next to the cemetery of Sografou is the chapel ‘Annunciation to the Virgin’, a beautiful old building painted in ocher yellow and terracotta brown/red colors. (Here) on the right and under this building in which the ossuary is located. Both buildings are in a poor state of maintenance. This photo was taken at the back of the chapel.

The front of the chapel with the outbuilding in blue and brown colors. I took a look what’s behind the door of this annex (in the shadow on the right).

After opening the door: the stairs lead to the first floor, with a small niche in the wall. painted in red and yellow.

The yellow niche with bottles with olive oil and matches

On the first floor is a large balcony with a bench and a semantron. On the right is door the next building. In the garden below you can see the remnants of the carriages. The ceiling on the right almost comes down!

A table with a broken tableau with a Greek text.

A wooden cross with carvings and small blue dots and a (primitive) mural of a holy man in a long and fine robe, holding a cross. There is also graffiti from 1930, 1943, 1957 and a few more numbers (years?) on the wall (see also details below).

Two copper bells hang from the ceiling. The rest of the building was in such a desperate state that it was too dangerous to walk any further.

This text on the wall must be in Bulgarian (for me impossible to translate).

On the ground floor I found these items and rooms:

An old mule or donkey saddle.

The entrance to the charnel house with a coffin and a beer: on the right behind the fence is the place where the skulls and bones are kept.

The room under the chapel with bones and skulls.

On leaving the ossuary: more almost ruined houses.

Wim Voogd, 20-11-2023

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1 Response to 2296 – the ossuary of Sografou

  1. Japetus says:

    The text at the sign embedded at the wall of the church is in greek and it’s the inagaurating plate. The chapel was built at 1773, in memoriam and with funds of proigoumenos Dionissios from Bulgaria (literally as it is written: ‘from the land of Krum’).

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