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2237 – file a complaint against the new large scale commercial company “Avaton water”on the Holy Mountain

In post 2233 I informed our readers about the new -large scale- mineral water factory, that recently is build on the hills above Simonospetras by the Macedonian Bottling Company. This company started to build a factory in 2021 with the … Continue reading

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2236 – Athos monks pray for peace and the cessation of the war in Ukrain

According to this source – Orthodoxtimes.com – every day the monks of two Athos-monasteries “made prayers and supplications to the Theotokos for the protection of the oppressed and desperate brothers -due to the war”. In the article a Youtube footage … Continue reading

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2235 – In search of Virginia Somers’ lost letter

William Dalrymple is a famous writer who works and lives in India. One of his books, From the Holy Mountain, contains a chapter about the monastery of Iviron. In that chapter Dalrymple informs the reader about the avaton, the rule … Continue reading

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2234 – Xiropotamou monastery – part 1

In post 2204 I published the hike from Dafni to Xiropotamou. Today we take a look at the outside of the monastery and the surrounding area. First I walked with my camera to the South West wall: On the left … Continue reading

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2233 – the Future of Athos? Avaton water: a company sells the water from a spring of Simonospetras

The founder of this new enterprise, that will be run in the near future is by a Macedonian bottle company from Thessaloniki, Dimitris Babakos from Cyprus, was during a stay at Simonospetras monastery inspired “to craft and create a superior … Continue reading

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2232 – Fire in the cell Agiou Vasiliou 30-01-2022

Yesterday I was informed on Facebook that on Sunday evening 30th January 2022 a fire broke out in this cell that belongs to the Serbian Chilandariou monastery. Today I received an e-mail from Vladislav Golupski, who gave me a link … Continue reading

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2231 – progress of the new building in Karyes

Vasilis sent us these two recent pictures from the centre of Karyes, where the large new construction gets its final shape. The pictures are stills from a short video footage, made by Ruslan Pylipko today (26-1). Look at the snow … Continue reading

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2230 – the Amafli tower: a unique drone footage

As a follow up of post 2228: here are two drone footages from 5-5-2021 Wim Voogd, 16-1-2022

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2229 – earthquakes near Athos Sunday 16th of January 2022

Monk Theodosios reported to me that earthquakes were felt on Athos today. “They occured in the sea south of the monastic community, some 33 km from Karyes, and had a magnitude of 5.4. The quake even rattled Attica, 225 kilometers … Continue reading

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2228 – spectacular drone photo’s of the Amalfi tower

The Amalfi or Morfonou Tower is what remains of the old monastery of Amalfinon, one of the first major monasteries of Mount Athos, founded in the 10th century by seven monks from Amalfi, Italy. The monastery -and the tower- was built … Continue reading

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