Category Archives: trip 2011: Wim’s group

1331 – the climb to the top of Mount Athos

As I told you in post 1223 we arrived at the Stavros junction at 11 o’clock. I decided to give it a try and together with pilgrim Peter we took the path that leads to the top. The path to … Continue reading

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1323 – the hike from Prodromou to the top and Skiti Annis – part 1

Early morning 5th of Oktober 11 we woke up to start our long walk to Skiti Annis. We chose to follow the upper foothpath, that leads you through “the dessert” of Athos and fantastic forrests. For pilgrims who visit this … Continue reading

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1322 – Akrathos: the monk Iosif – fighter jets and flags

Although it was almost getting dark I continued my hike towards the last house standing on the cliffs of Athos. The Akrathos area with the last house at spot X. Several large settlements are nearby: more information about them is … Continue reading

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1321 – the cave of Athanasius

More then five years ago I expressed my wish to visit the cave of the founder of the Lavra monastery (see 116, the text at that time was still in Dutch). In 2011 I finally had a change to go … Continue reading

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1319 – the surroundings of Skiti Prodromou – 1

The plan of Skiti Prodromou, from Google Earth. After dinner I took the opportunity to walk around the skiti. Here the square in front of the main entrance, seen from the wall at spot B. Near spot B: a gate … Continue reading

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1317 – Skiti Prodromou

When hiking from Lavra to the Rumenian Skiti Promomou this building is the only kellion, (Aforismena) you will see, wtith the slopes of Mount Athos on the background After a half an hour walk you’ll reach the road leading towards … Continue reading

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1312 – Lavra: the ossuary area

On our way to Prodromou we made a quick visit to the Great Lavra monastery. Although I visited this spot a couple of times before, I’d never had a chance to find the ossuary. Before visiting these buildings outside the … Continue reading

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1301 – the hike from Karakalou to Lavra

To be honest, the road we walked along the coast from Timiou Stavrou to Lavra, is one of the most boring on Athos. Almost no old paths remain on this part of the peninsula, although I think I remember that … Continue reading

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1300 – Timiou Stavrou: the last episode of an adventure

Walking from Karakalou to Lavra remembered me of one the most exiting moments I had on Mount Athos: A ‘natural’ brigde not far from Karakalou In 1986 my friend Pieter and I walked from Iviron to Lavra on our second … Continue reading

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1298 – Karakalou: the interior

 Early morning October 4th 2011: the katholicon  The interior of the guesthouse The same hallway, in the opposite direction Old water basin and tap One of the chapels behind closed doors (near the guesthouse) The visitors book in the guesthouse … Continue reading

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