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2025 – The official point of view of the Russian Orthodox Church about Mount Athos

This is what Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church has to say about Mount Athos in an interview with the BBC on the 17th of October 2018: –  After … Continue reading

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2024 – Russian Orthodox Church: Mount Athos closed to Russian pilgrims?

Breaking news today: the Russian Orthodox Church has broken ties with Orthodoxy’s leader Bartholomew and says Mount Athos is now closed to Russian Orthodox Christians from RussiaBartholomew October 7th 2011 on the pier in Ouranopolis – foto Wim Voogd Ukraine secured approval … Continue reading

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2020 – a sneak preview of the 2018 pilgrimage and news from Athos

From the monastery of Simonospetras, where we could sleep for two nights thanks to monk T., I will show a few images that I shot the last three days: The cave/old boat house from 1853 at arsanas Prodromou News item: … Continue reading

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2019 – Helicopter crash in 2004

Today, 14 years ago , a fatal helicopter crash happened just outside the coast of Sithonia peninsula. Everyone on board died. The Chinook helicopter from the Greek army was on its way to Mount Athos, probably to the Heli platform … Continue reading

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2005 – An African King from the Ivory Coast has been baptised Greek Orthodox

Tribal King Tchiffi Zae Jean Gervais from the Ivory Coast has been baptised Greek Orthodox by a monk at the Monastery of Koutloumousiou in June 2018.  Photo taken at Kaliagra arsanas by theorthodoxchurch.info. More here. Herman Voogd

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2002 – two consecutive fires in two days near Chilandariou

Another fire broke out yesterday on Mt. Athos near the Serbian Chilandariou Monastery, reports orthochristian.com. This is the second day in a row for such news. Yesterday a fire broke out in the early afternoon on Wednesday (6/6) and was … Continue reading

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1997 – a tragic and fatal accident on the Holy Mountain

Our reader Konstantinos Prigkipakis let us know in a comment that on May 1st shortly after 11 o’clock, a tragic accident happened on Athos. The 62-year old anesthetist George Karantinos from Heraklion Crete fell from a cliff in an inaccessible area … Continue reading

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