Category Archives: people

1949 – Tsipras, the avaton and other politics

According to a Flemish website, called Kerknet, the avaton on Athos is threatened by a Greek law considering gender (October 15th 2017). The avaton is the ban of women on the Holy Mountain. Prime Minister Tsipras in happier times visits … Continue reading

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1944 – Maroudá, crosses and chants

The special and intimate place called Maroudá is described on this website many times and extensively by Wim (see the following posts: 1789, 1801, 1802, 1805 and 1809). It was our first encounter there. We were welcomed by some pilgrims … Continue reading

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1932 – Workers at Mount Athos

Muleteers Muleteer working in the streets of Nea Skiti, 2017Muleteer at Kavsokalivia transporting goods from the harbour to the settlement, 2013 Muleteer on the path between Lavra and Skete Anna near Stravros 2011 Constructionworkers Workers at the main entrance at … Continue reading

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1930 – a new danger: the “Killer Tree Monk”

This is what Father Eusebios Christofi from Nea Skiti shared with us last Monday on Facebook: the Killer Tree Monk!The fig tree of Father Eusebiow is injected by the “Killer Tree Monk” with some kind of chemical, because the tree … Continue reading

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1908 – Composer Igor Stravinsky was never on Athos and Diaghilev neither

As a devout member of the Russian Orthodox church the Russian composer Igor Fjodorovitsj Stravinsky (1882- 1971) was a keen collector of religious books and objects. Not so much in the early years of his adult life, in the wild … Continue reading

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1878 – the closing down of a leading Athos blog: Agioretikes Mnimes – Athos Memories by Keliotes

On the 21th of December 2016 my good friend Giannis Kontsiotis  – also called Keliotes – decided to close down his Athos weblog because of his age and health issues. He started with this blog, and later changed to Agioretikes … Continue reading

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1855 – Dutch monks on Athos

Sofar we discovered three Dutch monks who lived on the Holy Mountain. All three in Karakalou: Pachomios, K.  and someone unknown. This is the story of fourth Dutchman on Athos, Hilarion of Xeropotamou. Guestmonk Pachomios here in the garden of … Continue reading

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