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Mount Athos - First impression

Docheiario Monastery. One of the most imposing buildings of Mount Athos.

Every morning of every season, Ouranopolis port at Chalkidiki is crowded by men waiting for the ship that goes to Mount Athos. That's where the end of the "modern" world is; beyond this point there are no highways and no limos. Only narrow paths. The boat that leads to Daphne passes near desolate and peaceful coasts, like the ones that existed in the old times, without massive buildings and factory chimneys.

People passing by

Daphne's small port on Mount Athos.

Visitors laying eyes on the monasteries, their domes and chimneys for the very first time are engulfed by a feeling of familiarity. The same experience is also described by some photographers visiting Mount Athos for the first time. They feel, as they say, that some pictures pre-exist inside them, even before they shoot them.

From the small monastery docks where the boat is anchored, small groups of shaved and puzzled pilgrims are disembarking, while others -unshaved and rather distracted- are getting ready to leave the monasteries.

The boat does not only transport people, but also fruits and vegetables necessary for feeding the monks and the pilgrims.

Solitary routes

The worshipers begin their long walk on the mountain's paths from the small port of Daphne, holding a wooden cane and following the small red signs that show them the way through the forest. It is a long and lonely route, strongly bound to the monasteries. It also brings comfort to the pilgrim, as he looks at the monasteries coming into view, each one more beautiful than the one before it. On the way to the monasteries, the worshipers don't feel hungry, they're not in pain or afraid, even though there is not a soul in sight to help them in case of an emergency.


Pilgrims disembarking from the ship at St. Pantelaemon Monastery. Pilgrims disembarking from the ship at St. Pantelaemon Monastery.
Signs showing the paths. Signs showing the paths.
Pilgrims at Daphne's little port. Pilgrims at Daphne's little port.
Vatopedi Monastery offers very beautiful images. Vatopedi Monastery offers very beautiful images.


*Mandatory Fields


Lavrio, Attica - An endless art studio

After Lavrio was de-industrialized, the factories were left abandoned. However, this picture of destruction, created over time, is unexpectedly attractive.

Acropolis Museum, Athens - This is the home of the Parthenon Marb…

It houses only half of the marbles of the Athenian Acropolis. The rest were stolen years ago and are held by the British Museum in London.

Archaeological Museum in Nicosia - Cyprus’ indisputable Greek roo…

It houses exhibits through which the Greek roots of Cyprus magically unfold. Fortunately, it survived the Turkish invasion in 1974.

Constantinople (Istanbul) 1453 - The last moments of the Emperor

A blow by blow account of the last moments of Costantine Palaiologos, the last reigning Byzantine emperor, at the Gate of Romanos. The breathtaking story, told through pictures taken at place he martyred, brings pain to the Greek people.

Tripolis - They only dance next to the Greek flag

A team of devoted dancers, ceaselessly performing dances of the time when Kolokotronis lived and dancing strictly under the Greek flag.

Syrrako, Ioannina - A pleasure for the eyes

Vlach village at the tops of Tzoumerka with a rich history and traditional houses of a unique architecture.

Nicosia, Cyprus - A patisserie in the Dead Zone

In Nicosia, Cyprus there is a traditional patisserie next to the fortification sacks and barrels that separate the free from the occupied part of the city.

Oia, Santorini Island - The worship of the sun

Every afternoon, crowds from every corner of the earth are gathered at Oia in order to enjoy the sunset in the Aegean sea.