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1921 – Day one, part two: The building renaissance on Athos and the miracle of Thibais

We found the gate of Thibais closed. Pilgrim Herman started talking with a loud voice to draw someone’s attention. After quite a while we saw a black figure waving at us from a building up the hill. It took a … Continue reading

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1889 – Panteleimonos in 1971

Panteleimonos monastery in 1971. This photo was taken by Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos (thanks to Nathaniel). From the same spot but now taken in 2015 after the complete restoration. The guesthouse in 1971 by Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos.In 2015 photo by Herman … Continue reading

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1877 – Athos film with drone scenes

Shot from a drone of the Mount Athos summit with the shadow of the mountain cast upon the sea in the morning sun . In this recent beautiful Russian film you will see some different places of Mount Athos, like … Continue reading

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1850 – Andreou: “the old chapel”

Today we take a closer look at this extraordinary building (letter J on the plan – see last post 1849). Most visitors pass this building and don’t pay attention to it because it’s old, partly in ruins and it has … Continue reading

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1849 – Skiti Andreou: a walk around the main church

The main church (E on the plan), build in 1900, was until recently the biggest church on the Balkan. It is enormous and ment for large groups of pilgrims, like the ones you see below on the historic picture from … Continue reading

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1845 – skiti Andreou September 2015

In this post I will show you some pictures from the backside of skiti Andreou, where not many people go. The pictures are from our last pilgrimage in September last year.The plan of skiti Andreou or Serail: A. Entrance B. Athonias … Continue reading

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1833 – around Skiti Andreou: the garden

Old picture of skiti Andreou  On our first day of our 2015 Athos pilgrimage, 20th of September, we slept in Skiti Andreou, the former Russian convent, now inhabited by Greek monks. I remember walking past this large settlement for the … Continue reading

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1821 – more stills from the documentary “A thousand years on Mount Athos”

The documentary I showed you in the last blog (1820) has some interesting scenes from unknown places on Athos. But first I will show you a few stills from Panteleimonos, starting with a picture from an (very) old monk, who … Continue reading

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1751 – more about the deserted kelli near Stavronikita

On our last day of our recent pilgrimage we hiked from Stavronikita to Karyes. Soon after leaving the monastery we encounterd a deserted building, see light blue pin on the map below, with latitude 40.2625 and longitude 24.2564. The deserted … Continue reading

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1750 – a room in a ruin….

 On our way from Stavronikita to Karyes we passed just one of the many ruins on Mount Athos. When I went in to take a closer look I found this collection of skulls in a room……. Wim, 28/9

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