Category Archives: 13 Simonos Petras

2200 – Tourism to the Holy Mountain?

Athos is closed for tourists. It has always been, as far as I’m informed. Due to Covid-19 Athos is now closed for pilgrims as well. It must be really quiet and peaceful now. The monks can fully concentrate on their … Continue reading

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2191 – A strange, deserted building at the harbour of Simonos Petras

The first thing you see when you arrive by boat at the arsanas (harbour) of Simonos Petras is the mediaeval tower with a boathouse attached to it. The path towards the monastery, 300 meters up, starts just behind the boathouse. … Continue reading

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2189 – Flowers; nothing but flowers

­­­­We left Simonos Petras early in the morning to take the ferry. We had plenty of time. We only had to walk down the wonderful path 300 meters to the arsanas. I decided to take pictures of all the spring … Continue reading

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2186 – the Dutch photographer Cas Oorthuys and Athos in 1957-3

The third contact print from the Cas Oorthuys files in the Dutch photo museum contains pictures of Simonos Petras and Docheiariou. He did not visit these monasteries, because photographs up close are missing. And on this contact print number 99027 I run … Continue reading

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2165 – The world famous architect, Le Corbusier (1887–1965) travelled to Mount Athos in 1911 and experienced the happiest days of his life. Or: how the Holy Mountain influenced his work.

Le Corbusier became one of the world’s most renowned architects of the twentieth century. The importance of his visit to the Holy Mountain is not very common knowledge. He visited Mount Athos only once. But it made a lasting impression … Continue reading

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2151 – Umberto Eco on Athos

In the year 1988 Umberto Eco (1932-2016), the famous Italian novelist, and professor in semiotics visited the Holy Mountain. Here we see the author in front of Simonos Petras. It is said that his famous novel “The Name of the … Continue reading

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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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2147 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 2

11. 1903 Photo by monk Gavriil from Panteleimonos, made on August 21, 1903, with a “revealing” image of the Mother of God (on the left). The photo was published in a Greek newspaper at that time. It still remains a … Continue reading

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2146 – random photos and articles in chronological order – no 1

As you probably know, I occasionally roam the internet looking for Athos photos or publications. Today I found some time to show you some of my findings, beginning with the oldest: 1668 This is a page from a Dutch book, … Continue reading

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