Category Archives: arsanas

1952 – Discovering the old path to the Lavra harbour

The Lavra monastery has a very nice harbour, worthwhile to visit. Imagine, this was for centuries the place where all visits to the monastery began.  Untill the 1970ties there was only a long path for pilgrims and mules from Karyes … Continue reading

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1950 – Athos in French magazine “Le Miroir”

In 1917  a French Russian army occupied Mount Athos. On this picture from the French magazine Le Miroir a soldier, two monks and a Greek policeman are posing for the photographer, not at the monastery of Panteleimonos, as is suggested … Continue reading

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1918 – The arsanas of Lavra: Mandraki

This is how the harbour (arsanas) of Lavra looked in 1853. The oldest photograph that exists of this location. On our 2017 trip we found the old footpath from the monastery to the arsanas.  A very nice walk , much … Continue reading

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1913 – Lavra now and around 1900

Megisti Lavra, May 2017 with on the left, behind the trees,  the tower of the arsanas. We tried to locate the exact spot where the black and white image below was taken. This is the best we could do.  Lavra, … Continue reading

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1893 – arsanas Karakalou

September 24th 2015 we hiked the coastal trail between Iviron and Karakalou. Today we take a closer look at arsanas Karakalou. I forgot to mention that if you pass Mylopotamos, I would advice to walk to the vineyards instead of … Continue reading

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1892 – arsanas Filotheou

In 2015 we hiked 7,5 km’s from Iviron to Karakalou, passing Mylopotamos, arsanas Filotheou and later, arsanas Karakalou. Today I will present to you the pictures I took from arsanas Filotheou (see in the red dot above) and the small … Continue reading

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1890 – Kaliagra (arsanas Koutloumousiou)

Kaliagra was the principal point of entry to Athos up to the middle of the 20th century. It’s decline started when people started using the Ouranoupolis-Dafni route to visit Athos. The pictures show you how the decline looks like. This … Continue reading

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