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2134 – Vegetables pulled up to Simonos Petras

Only if you have good trust in fate you can look down, vertically, from the overhanging fragile wooden balconies of Simonos Petras. More than 40 meters below you, monks and their helpers were working in the gardens. The gardens are … Continue reading

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2133 – Χριστός ἀνέστη in 2020! Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

It must be one of most exceptional Easter celebrations on The Holy Mountain. For the first time (ever?) no pilgrims attended the services because of the Corona lock down in the world. I remember the year 1986, 34 years ago … Continue reading

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2132 – An eagles nest high on a cliff, Simonos Petras

The most iconic monastery on Athos is, no doubt about it, Simonos Petras. Built as an eagles nest high on a cliff, more than three hundred meters above sea level. Byron compared it to the Potala in Lhasa (Tibet) which … Continue reading

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2131 – Living from land and garden: fruits and vegetables

This looks like Aloe Vera or another cactus-like succulent plant. Do they use for beverages or for medicinal uses? This wild spinach-like vegetable grows in the steep gardens of Simonos Petras. A small cornfield in the middle of knowhere reachable … Continue reading

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2130 – Looking at the Sporades

The monastery of  Simonos Petras is, as it were, glued to a mountainous rock of 330 meter above sea level. Views in all directions are stunning  while standing on the balcony. Looking to the left, a view on Sithonia , … Continue reading

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2129 – a close look at Agiou Paulou monastery 1

In post 2015 I ended my photo report with a picture of the Agiou Paulou monastery. Today we will take a closer look at the exterior of the monastery, starting with a plan of the monastery from Mylonas, made in … Continue reading

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2128 – breaking news: a landslide destroyed the road between Karyes and Dafni

Update 15/4: On 13th April, Mount Athos peninsula was declared a state of emergency by a decision by the Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas – information from Romfea.gr. What this will mean for visitors to Athos in the coming … Continue reading

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