Category Archives: food

2115 – the ‘fake’ tower above Karyes

Every pilgrim who has been in Karyes probably has seen this tower, in the hills high above the small town, at 645 meters high. In 2018 father Theodosius from Simonospetras took us for a trip over the Holy Mountain and … Continue reading

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2102 – Guest Rooms

Every monastery and skiti have a room were pilgrims are welcomed, most of the time with Greek coffee, water, loukoumi and tsipourou. This guest room in the Russian monastery was only for distinguished pilgrims. The place burned down in the … Continue reading

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2067 – The garden pulley of Simonos Petras

The gardens are located on terraces below the monastery. Wooden ladders connect the gardens with each other. The gardens from above. A garden worker is resting against the stone monastery wall. A monks is coming his way. Vegetables are lifted … Continue reading

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1995 – Athos cooking lessons by Father Epifánios

Most people recognize this question: “What’s for dinner tonight?” Maybe these “You Tube”- films will help you to find the answer, thanks to Father Epifánios from Mylopotamos. Although it is spoken in Greek, most ingredients and instructions are universal, so … Continue reading

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1991 – The Strawberry tree

Every now and then when walking in Mount Athos the Strawberry tree appears alongside the path. Here on the left,  with in the distance Simonos Petras. The Strawberry tree or Arbutus unedo is widespread in the Mediterranean region. The Latin name was … Continue reading

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1870 – Mylopotamos and father Epifanios

The settlement of Mylopotamos in 1853. Again in 2013, now with the winery and the vineyards of father Epifanios. Father Epifanios or Epiphanios is one of the better-known monks of Mount Athos. A dedicated winemaker with exports from his vineyard … Continue reading

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1869 – 19th century threshing floors

The collection of the first photos (1853) of Mount Athos by Caranza and Labbé recently auctioned by Sotheby’s is full of interesting images. This is a threshing floor outside Xenofontos. A threshing floor is a specially flattened outdoor surface, usually … Continue reading

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