The header on our frontpage is wide angle picture made by monk T. from Simonospetra: it shows Mount Athos (2033 m) and Profitou Eliou hill (887 m) at sunset, seen from Simonospetra. Most of the recent pictures are taken with Iphone 5/6 or with Nikon Coolpix S9900 camera’s. Monk T. uses professional Nikon SLR camera’s.
This is a personal weblog about Mount Athos, that started in 2006 as a preparation to a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain. The emphasis lies on a photographical presentation and not, in the first place, on texts about Athos. In the past years the weblog expanded to a more general site about Athos, with diversified subjects about Athos history, books, art, food and wine etc. This blog should not be seen as a religious website, although it is part of our interest.
We have visitors from all over the world (127 countries, 23.500 visitors and 135.000 views in 2014, 154/35.000/190.000 in 2015). In 2016 we had 157.995 views and 36.539 visitors from 154 countries. In 2017 we had 150.504 views and 37.338 visitors from 140 countries.
Feel free to make comments and ask questions.
The last trip to Athos took place in September 2018.
Wim Voogd, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 visits to Mount Athos: 1980, 1986, 1989, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015. 2017 and 2018. Below the routes we walked. In bold the places where we stayed overnight.
1980: Dafni -Karyes – Iviron, boat to Vatopediou, Sografou and Docheiariou
1986: Karyes – Filotheou – Karakalou, Timiou Stavrou – Lavra, Skiti Anni, Dionysiou, hotel Karyes, Dionysiou
1989: Karyes, Panteleimonos, Dionysiou, Filotheou
1997: Xenofontos, Sografou, Chilandariou, Vatopedi, Esfigmenou, Konstamonitou
2007: Dafni, Skiti Anni, Kafsokalivia, Lavra, Skiti Profitou Eliou, Pantocratoros, Stavronikita
2009: Panteleimonos, Paleomonastiri, Karyes, Iviron, Mylopotamos, Filotheou, Dionysiou, Simonopetra, Stavronikita, Pantocratoros
2011: Karyes, Karakalou, Timiou Stavrou, Lavra, Skiti Prodromou, the top, Skiti Anna, Chromitsa
2013: start from Ierissos, Skiti Dimitriou, Bogoroditsa, Vatopediou, Esfigmenou, Ag. Basiliou, Chilandariou, Sografou, Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos
2014: Xenofontos, Skiti Profitou Eliou, Karyes, Filotheou, Timiou Stavrou, Skiti Lakkou, Provata, Karakallou, Onoufriou
2015: Skiti Andreou, Maroudá, Simonopetra, Nea Skiti (2x), kelli Daniiléon, Koutloumousiou, Iviron, Karakallou, Stavronikita
2017: Cessna flight over Athos, Xenofontos, Paleomonastir/Old Rossikon, Maroudá, Kolitsou, Vatopedi, Esfigmenou, Chilandariou, Esfigmenou, Kolitsou, Stavronikita
2018: Konstamonitou, Xenofontos, Dafni, Simonopetra (two nights), tour over Athos by car with father T.
Herman Voogd, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 9 visits to Mount Athos.
1989 Dafni, bus to Karyes, Panteleimonos, Dafni, Simonas Petras, Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Simonas Petras, Filotheou, Iviron, Karyes, bus to Dafni.
1997 Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos, Dafni, Simonas Petras, Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Skiti Anna, Lavra, taxi to Koutloumousiou, hotel Karyes, bus to Dafni
2007 Dafni, bus to Karyes, taxi to Morfonu, Lavra, Podromou, Ag. Nilos, Kavsokalivia, top, Skiti Anna, Paulou
2009 Panteleimonon, Paleomonastiri, Karyes, taxi to Mylopotamos, Iviron, Stavronikita, Pantokratoros, Vatopedi, Esfigmenou, Chilandariou, Sografou, Konstamonitou
2011 Arsanas Sografou, Konstamonitou, Dochiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos, Dafni boat to Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Skiti Anna, top, Skiti Anna
2013 Kavsokalivia, Ag. Nilos, Podromou, Lavra, taxi to Provata, Timiou Stavrou, Karakalou, Filotheou, Mylopotamos, Iviron, Koutloumousiou, Skite Andreiou/Karyes bus to Xiropotamou, Panteleimonos
2014/15 winter: Gregoriou, Dyonisiou, Paulou, Nea Skiti, boat to arsanas Nelios and back to Dafni/Ouranoupolis
2015: Vatopedi (Athonite academy), Sografou, Chilandariou, Esfigmenou, Vatopedi, Pantokrator, Stavronikita, Iviron, bus to Karyes and Dafni, boat to Arsanas Simonaspetras, Simonaspetras, Gregoriou, boat to Kavsokalivia and back to Dafni/Ouranoupolis
2017: watertaxi to Thibais via Proto Nero to Esfigmenou, via Chera to Maroudá, via Skiti Andreou and Kutloumousiou to Karyes taxi to Lavra (arsanas), via Skiti Mikra Ag. Anna to Nea Skiti.
Thanks to Bas Kamps, Haarlem for his contributions to this blog.
and other fellow pilgrims,
Pieter , Fanta, Fred,
Harry, Douwe, Peter,
Wilfred, Martijn, Laurens
who travelled with us to the Mountain for their great companionship.