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2145 – The Konstamonitou Byzantine tower

On the accurate Barsky drawing from 1744 a Byzantine tower with the characteristic battlements is clearly visible, next to the entrance of Konstamonitou. On the photo of 1991 the tower is gone and replaced by a smaller one standing in … Continue reading

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2144 – June 12th: fire on Cape Arapis

Latest news 13/6: the fire is under control now, but the extinguishing work continues. The fire covers 700-800 acres. In the afternoon of Friday, June 12, at the location of Cape Arapis, a forest fire broke out. The flames were … Continue reading

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2143 – The Athos travel of Antoon Erftemeijer in 1988

The Dutch curator, visual artist and art historian, Antoon Erftemeijer (1954), visited Athos in the spring of the year 1988. It was his only visit to the Holy Mountain until now.He has a lifelong fascination for holy places and cloisters. … Continue reading

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2142 – 9th of June 2020: a milestone, one million views !

I know, it is just a number. But we have 1.000.000 views. Unbelieveable. We started our weblog in 2006, first on a Dutch host, and in the beginning I didn’t count the limited number of views we had in the … Continue reading

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2141 – From Dionysiou to Paulou in summer and winter

In the summer of 2011 we walked from Dionysiou to Paulou. The other way around as my brother Wim has described in the previous post (2140). In the winter of 2015 my friend Bas and I, together with our sons, … Continue reading

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2140 – the hike from Agiou Paulou to Dionysiou

This is a relatively short hike, only 3,3 km long, that takes about 1 hour walking. The setting is beautiful: leaving the Agiou Paulou monastery, with the majestic marble pyramid shaped peak of Mount Athos behind it. At 8 o’clock … Continue reading

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2139 – a goodbye to a fellow pilgrim: Peter Ariese 17-4-1959 / 25-5-2020

This weblog started in 2006, just for a couple of friends, who decided to join me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain. In the 14 years that past, many special friends followed and the weblog grew to something bigger … Continue reading

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2138 – a close look at Agiou Paulou monastery – 3

While the world is hit hard by the invisible and sometimes deadly Corona virus and while we are all waiting in our lockdown to go back to normal live again, a few signs of hope immerge. In most countries the … Continue reading

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2137 – a close look at Agiou Paulou monastery 2

As my brother Herman described in his post 2097 about the monastery of Agiou Paulou, the monastery was already mentioned in the Typicon of 1046. That makes the monastery one of the oldest monasteries on the Holy Mountain. But why … Continue reading

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2136 – a winning documentary about Elder Joseph the Hesychast and Athos

On Wednesday evening, April 29, 2020, the organizers of the 13th Annual London Greek Film Festival announced the winners of the Odysseus Awards, the ceremony of which will be broadcast online in mid-May, due to the government directives regarding the … Continue reading

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