Author Archives: athosweblog

2029 – two old bridges and the lost coast path between Iviron and Lavra

In post 1617 my brother Herman payed attention to the old path that connected the monasteries Iviron and Lavra before the dirt road was build, probably just before 1968, when Athos celebrated its 1000th anniversary.  The old kalderimi path is almost … Continue reading

Posted in walking | Tagged , | 2 Comments

2028 – arsanas Prodromou

In post 2018 I showed you the pictures from Athos made in the Second World War by German soldiers. The photo’s  triggered me, not only to find the German flak position somewhere above the hills of the Prodromou area, but … Continue reading

Posted in arsanas, nature, Prodromou | 4 Comments

2027 – Are parts of the Xerxes Canal still visible?

Aerial view of the location of the Xerxes Canal by Google Maps where I marked the probable beginning (Xerxes with his fleet came from the East) and the ending of the canal near Tripiti. Roughly the course of the canal … Continue reading

Posted in Ouranoupolis, Trip 2018 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

2026 – How to preserve and keep the ancient paths of Mount Athos?

Greece has a long tradition in preserving ancient heritage. Even old roads, such as this one,  leading to Thessaloniki are kept in good condition for the future. This road is in the Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki. This nicely restored … Continue reading

Posted in walking | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

2025 – The official point of view of the Russian Orthodox Church about Mount Athos

This is what Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church has to say about Mount Athos in an interview with the BBC on the 17th of October 2018: –  After … Continue reading

Posted in 19 Panteleimonos, news, Orthodoxy | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

2024 – Russian Orthodox Church: Mount Athos closed to Russian pilgrims?

Breaking news today: the Russian Orthodox Church has broken ties with Orthodoxy’s leader Bartholomew and says Mount Athos is now closed to Russian Orthodox Christians from RussiaBartholomew October 7th 2011 on the pier in Ouranopolis – foto Wim Voogd Ukraine secured approval … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

2023 – A walk along the border

This September I spent the holidays with my wife in the beautiful Skites Resort between Ouranoupolis and the Athos border. No plans to visit Athos but after some  time I felt the urge to make a long walk and see … Continue reading

Posted in border, Chromitsa, Ouranoupolis, Trip 2018, walking | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment