Category Archives: trip 2017

1931 – In the Athonian desert, first day, part four

As Boris predicted, there was a sign guiding us to Chilandariou. A bit later than expected. But still there was a sign. Here with pilgrim Jaap who is preparing his walking sticks. Due to the devasting fire the landscape had … Continue reading

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1929 – Kapsala: the ruined kellion of St. John Chrysostomos – the interior

In post 1922 I showed you the pictures from the exterior of this ruined Russian settlement, that is located near the Maroudá cell (green pin) -see the red arrow on the map above. Today we will take a closer look inside … Continue reading

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1928 – Thebais: contact with fellow pilgrims on the boat

After we spent some time at Thibais our friendly host, Boris, showed us the way uphill to the road to Proto Nero and Chilandariou. Suddenly we saw the boat coming from Ouranoupolis. We knew that my brother and friends were … Continue reading

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1927 – The holy smoke from Thibais, first day, part three.

Pilgrim Jacques is given an explanation in the frankincense factory by Boris. They export from Thibais to the Holy Mountain and to every corner in the world. The burning of incense is a human custom that goes back to ancient … Continue reading

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1923 – Friends of Mount Athos (FoMA) clearing the footpaths

The Friends of Mount Athos are committed to the ongoing project of clearing, restoring and maintaining the old Athonite footpaths, many of them stone-paved (kaldirimi) tracks for transporting goods by mule and dating from late Byzantine times. The project was … Continue reading

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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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1920 – First day, entering the Holy Mountain by water taxi

Our 2017 pilgrimage started quite different from earlier trips to the Holy Mountain. We didn’t travel the usual way, by the ferry from Ouranopolis or from Ierissos. A water taxi was ready for us. Herman had reserved it in advance. … Continue reading

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