Category Archives: 01 Lavra

2149 – random photos in chronological order – no 4

I will start this post with four photographs from the first (?) Athos bus, a Mercedes Benz, that arrived on Athos during the millenium celebrations in 1963. This picture is at the arsanas of Iviron dates from this period. On … Continue reading

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2148 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 3

1925 nr 1 In post 1418 we told the story of “Agathon the Fool”, here on a photo in Kavsokalivia. He was a simple layman who lived in abandoned monastic cells during the decades of the 1920’s and 1930’s. 1925 … Continue reading

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2126 – Roaming around the Great Lavra

After our arrival at the Great Lavra, we sat and rested for a while at the archondiriki. We had walked the kalderimi from Prodromou. We received the hospitality gratefully; fresh water, Greek coffee and loukoumi. Four impressions taken directly from … Continue reading

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2125 – Objects from the past in Lavra

Lavra is the oldest and biggest monastery on The Holy Mountain. The monastery has a large courtyard with all kinds of hidden spots where objects from the past are stored as if it were an open air museum. The pre-Christian … Continue reading

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2121 – On our way to Lavra

A large proportion of the old monopati (footpath) and kalderimi (cobbled stone footpath) between Prodromou and Lavra still exists. It is situated a bit more uphill than the road. After the well the path descents to the new, concrete, road … Continue reading

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2117 – The source near Agia Triada

On the map the blue dot, the source, is not on the right place. The source between Prodromou and Lavra near the house of Ag. Triada is located on the side path. See the red arrow which I added. Coming … Continue reading

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2108 – the YMCA excursion to Athos in 1925

In 1925 mr. P. Roccos, the religious secretary of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) from Thessaloniki, organized an excursion to Mount Athos with 45 of its members. The trip took place during Easter 1925, from 17 to 24 April. … Continue reading

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2106 – The Athos maps of Piri Reis

The author of this blog is our Athos friend Japetus, who is an expert on maps. Many thanks for this fine translation and interesting story. Piri Reis was an Ottoman admiral who, after having travelled all around the mediterranean and … Continue reading

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2094 – Ioannis Koukouzelis, singer and composer

Ioannis Koukouzelis or John Kukuzelis (Durrës, Albania 1280 –  Athos 1360) was a Byzantine medieval Orthodox Christian composer, singer and reformer of Orthodox Church music. Because of his singing abilities, he was called “Angel-voiced”. He was recognized as a saint by the Orthodox Church after his death. … Continue reading

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2068 – two old Athos maps and two (old) books

Sometimes beautiful treasures are not far away. Our fellow Athos pilgrim Jacques from Haarlem stumbled upon a second hand bookshop in Amsterdam, showing numerous Athos books in the window. When I visited the antiquarian bookshop last week the owner told … Continue reading

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