Category Archives: people

2087 – Pilgrim portraits by Barry Oreck

In April 2019  we went to Athos with our dear friend from the US, Barry Oreck. It was for him the first time on the Holy Mountain. Sensing the special moments during our stay he made some beautiful portraits. After … Continue reading

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2086 – Agiou Paulou monastery: the pavilion of Princess Mara

One of the more physical proofs that there has been a woman on Athos is the Pavilion of Princess Mara, born in 1416 and a daughter of a Serbian monarch Đurađ (George) Branković . She married Ottoman Sultan Murad II for … Continue reading

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2084 – Prince Charles and the Holy Mountain

The last post of Bas inspired me to search on the internet for an Athos painting made by Derek Hill. That effort wasn’t successful, the only one I found was in my own archive. I added this painting to post … Continue reading

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2083 – Derek Hill and the Holy Mountain

At the harbour of Vatopedi you may find a restored fountain and a kiosk, that were built in memory of Derek Hill, “who showed a genuine love for the monasteries of the Holy Mountain”, as is engraved in the memorial … Continue reading

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2069 – radio amateur monk Apollo passed away May 5th 2019, 64 years old

In 1980 monk Apollo moved in Monastery of Docheiariou in Mount Athos. In spring 1986 his monastery had remained without telephone for over five months, something not unusual on Mount Athos. One of the monks was injured in his eye … Continue reading

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2065 – the legend of Fathers Jacobos and Gervasios from Simonospetras

On our way to Athos in September 2018 we payed a visit to the monastery of Ormylia- a beautiful stopover near Polygyros on your way to Ouranopolis -where we kindly were welcomed by Sister Prosdoki. The Ormylia monastery is only … Continue reading

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2050 – John Julius Norwich talks about Mount Athos

also read post 1107 and 852 by Herman Voogd

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2037 – more pictures from 1923 made by Whittemore and Pratt

In post 1502 we published some old Athos pictures from 1923, following the Russian revolution a few years earlier. Soon after all funding of Russian monasteries stopped and the monasteries were impoverished. In May of 1923, Thoas Whittemore accompanied scholars … Continue reading

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2022 – Jan Paul ten Bruggencate dies at age of 87

Last Friday, 21th of September, on our last day of our 2018 pilgrimage to Athos, my good friend Jean Paul ten Bruggencate died at the blessed age of 87. He visited Athos many times and usually stayed at Maroudá or … 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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