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2276 – the arsanas of Vatopedi

After one of our working days with the FoMA footpath team, when we had been clearing paths in the hills above Vatopedi, we arrived back at Vatopedi area. Near a small chapel the path follows its course down to the … Continue reading

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2201 – Yearning for ancient paths, the monopatia of Mt. Athos

The activity on Mount Athos that I miss the most is walking the old monopatia, the narrow foot- and mule paths that are all over the peninsula. Many of them are unfortunately destroyed and replaced by gravel roads. Many thoughts … Continue reading

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2125 – Objects from the past in Lavra

Lavra is the oldest and biggest monastery on The Holy Mountain. The monastery has a large courtyard with all kinds of hidden spots where objects from the past are stored as if it were an open air museum. The pre-Christian … Continue reading

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2096 – The harbour of Vatopediou

I will show a few impressions of the harbour (arsanas) of Vatopediou. The 19th century warehouse from the perspective of the pier. The monastery with its red walls towers above the warehouse. A closer look at the boathouse. The loose … Continue reading

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2034 – Athos: a history lesson

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1984 – Pre christian Grave Stele with two women

This is the entrance 0f Koutloumousiou seen from the courtyard. On the right side of the porch a pre christian, so called,  Grave Stele is part of the wall.  A stele is a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than … Continue reading

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1506 – Pre-Christians remnants

In antiquity there were five cities to be found on the Mt. Athos pensinsula. According to Graham Speake in Renewal in Paradise the site of none of them is known for certain. On the map the places where probably the … Continue reading

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838 – Akte: Athos in ancient Greece II

Gravestone from the courtyard of Koutloumousiou – probably from the ancient city of Kleonai Around 1900 the greek Smyrnakis tried to look for the remnants of Thyssos between the harbors of Sografou and Konstamonitou (G. Smyrnakis: To Agion Oros Athene, … Continue reading

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837 – Akte: Athos in ancient Greece I

Before Christianity came to the peninsula of Athos the piece of land was called Akte. Very little is known about these small – unimportant – villages. In this blog I will show you some of the antique findings that are … Continue reading

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