Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mt Athos: Arriving at Dionysiou

Since we were visiting the Holy Mountain in winter, there was some concern about the weather preventing the trip. Fortunately, the weather here has been pretty mild. It's just now beginning to turn cold. On the day we arrived there was a fog covering the mountain, which gave us this beautiful view of the Russian monastery of Panteleimonos from the boat -- the top photo. Again, see the map.

Finally, after switching boats at Dafni, we arrived at Dionysiou around 1:30 PM. The bottom photo is of RM walking up the steps to Dionysiou from the shore.

Dionysiou was founded in the 14th century by the Emperors Alexios II and III Comnenos of Trebizond. See this short encyclopedia article on the history of Dionysiou.

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