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Hilandar Monastery (Chilandari) is the northern most monastery located on the northeast side of the Athos Peninsula in northern Greece. The monastery was founded in 1198 by Ss. Sava and Simeon. The Monastery has been supported and populated by Serbian monks since then. It is ranked fourth in the hierarchical order of the twenty monasteries located on the Mount Athos peninsula.

On March 4, 2004, a major fire sweeps through the monastery that destroyed about half the structures in the monastery. The medieval heirlooms and relics that made up the treasures of the monastery were moved to safety, but major damage was done to the abbot's cell and guest rooms as well as four chapels with the seventeenth and eighteenth century frescoes. Restoration of the damage is on going.

On the photograph is a part where the fire broke out at 1 o'clock in the morning, in one of the chimneys of the northwestern dormitory called Igumenarija, or Dohija. To date, almost 10 years later, the restoration of this section has not yet begun.

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