Category Archives: ruins

2221 – Palaiopyrgos: the tower of the lost monasteries of Xerokastrou and Calligrafou and more drone images by monk Theodosios

Monk Theodosios made some beautiful drone images of the northern part of Mt. Athos. Posts 2216, 2217 and 2219 covered the east coast, now we’ll take a closer look at the harbors and towers at the west coast. Here you … Continue reading

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2219 – a new discovery on Athos: strange towers close to Esfigmenou on drone images by monk Theodosios

I really thought I had seen quite a lot of Athos and its settlements and buildings (except from the farmhouses-kellia). So I was really surprized that the drone-images from monk Theodosios had something new in store, as can see on … Continue reading

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2191 – A strange, deserted building at the harbour of Simonos Petras

The first thing you see when you arrive by boat at the arsanas (harbour) of Simonos Petras is the mediaeval tower with a boathouse attached to it. The path towards the monastery, 300 meters up, starts just behind the boathouse. … Continue reading

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2178 – Saint John Chrysostomos and his chapel from 1888

John Chrysostomos born 347 – 14 September 407, was an important Early Church Father who served as archbishop of Constantinople. He is honoured as a saint in many religions. The feast days of John Chrysostomom in the Eastern Orthodox Church are 14 September, 13 November … Continue reading

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2153 – Plants, Rocks and Stones

Some plants don’t need vertile soil, rocks will do perfectly. This a Geranium Purpureum or a Geranium Robertianum. Rocks and stones are a good surface for some plants such as the Euphorbia in the Russian settlement of Thebais. Even this … Continue reading

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2071 – When nature takes over….

When we were walking in Kapsala we met a friendly man in the rain. He explained that it was not easy to find the correct road to Stavronikita. He went to get some water in a nearby house. When he … Continue reading

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2058 – The glory of Agiou Andreou

The enormous skiti Agiou Andreou, with its many domes, emerged from the mist. Though merely a skiti, and belonging to Vatopedi (after the Russian period ended), it is much larger than many other monasteries on the Holy Mountain. Inside the … Continue reading

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2056 – Uptown Karyes

After our quick visit to Koutloumousiou we walked back to Karyes. It was still drowned in the mysterious mist we experienced earlier that morning. At the bakery shop we walked up hill. The idea was to stroll to Andreou via … Continue reading

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2038 – a short visit to Konstamonitou – 1

On the 2018 pilgrimage to Athos our itinerary started at arsanas Konstamonitou. On the boat to Dafni we met mr. Hadrian from Holland, who has been following our weblog for a quit a while, but this was the first time … Continue reading

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1996 – Kolitsoú: the tower of Kaletzi or Collegio

In this post from february 2015 I described all information that I could find on the internet about this extraordinary tower, that stands alone on the hill above the Rumenian Kolitsou settlement.  It is one of the few Katholic (besides the … Continue reading

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