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2284 – The second day of the path clearing expedition. (part 2)

Four impressions of the first stretch of the coastal path between Vatopedi and Esfigmenou. Not too far from Vatopedi in a wooded bend an old drinking place for mules can be seen. The now dry well is a nice shaded … Continue reading

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2122 – The old pilgrimage routes to the Holy Mountain

This old map from a German book dated 1934 makes it clear that the pilgrim’s  route to the Holy Mountain started in Ierissos. There were two possibilities, the eastern route to Vatopedi, Iviron and eventually Lavra and the route that … Continue reading

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2027 – Are parts of the Xerxes Canal still visible?

Aerial view of the location of the Xerxes Canal by Google Maps where I marked the probable beginning (Xerxes with his fleet came from the East) and the ending of the canal near Tripiti. Roughly the course of the canal … Continue reading

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1757 – A northern approach to Agion Oros. Day one, part one.

As the starting point of our bi-annual pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain we chose to take the boat from Ierissos. It was our first departure from that more remote spot. The town lies on the northern shore of the Athonian … Continue reading

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614 – Xerxes canal?

The Xerxes canal, etching 1693. This etching (kupferstich) offered for sale on Ebay is supposed to be the Xerxes canal. But what are the soldiers on the image doing? Does anybody know more? More on the canal here. hv

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245 – Xerxes canal

Here the canal is visible on a map 1890! Above the word ” OF “. The actual site near the Athos border. <img alt=”Xerxes_canal” title=”Xerxes_canal” src=”http://athos.web-log.nl/athos_agios_oros_/images/xerxes_canal.jpg&#8221; width=”280″ height=”194″ border=”0″ /B

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