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1979 – Monks and pilgrims in Megistis Lavra

I sat quietly enjoying the tranquillity of the evening. It was at the back of the catholicon. Further down a monk sat as quiet as I did. His back against the church. When a monk with a stick crossed, I … Continue reading

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1965 – The little chapel at Lavra

Little Chapel near the trapeza (refectory) at Lavra monastery dedicated to the Panaghia. Strange animals at the bottom of the pillars. This is the situation in 2017.Monk in front of the same chapel in 1917. The rope to lower the … Continue reading

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1732 – the oldest tree on Athos ?

Every pilgrim who visited Athos and the Great Lavra monastery is impressed by the two large cypress trees in front of the refectory. The monastery was founded in  963, so the trees might be more than 1000 years old (see … Continue reading

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