As know R'n'B is rich'n'beauty. The Russian Othodox monastery on the Athos looks very nice. When I saw it first time, I thought, that is the result of donation of the Russian corporation like a Gazprom, Likoil, Rosneft etc.
But this monastery has so long history and these buildings were built before good prices for Russian gaz and oil.
In WS you can see a common view of this monastery and a few women poligrims. As known, they can't go to Athos.
Today, the monastery features the architecture of a small town, with buildings of various heights and many domes. It is the largest of the monasteries on the peninsula. Although destroyed by a fire in 1968, one wing of the monastery was used as the guest quarters, with a capacity of 1,000 monks. The monastery's katholikon (main church) was built between 1812–1821 and is dedicated to St. Panteleimon. It features the same style found in all the Athonite churches. Aside from the katholikon, the monastery has many smaller chapels.
The library is housed in a separate building in the monastery's court. It contains 1,320 Greek manuscripts and another 600 Slavonic ones, as well as 25,000 printed books. In addition, the library has a few priceless relics, such as the head of Saint Panteleimon, one of the most popular saints in Russia. The 19th-century monastery bells are said to be the largest in Greece. There is a daughter community at the monastery at New Athos, Abkhazia.
As one might expect for a monastery in Greece populated primarily by monks from Russia, the atheistic ideology of the Soviet Union and the restrictions on foreign travel during the Cold War took a heavy toll on the monastery, which was reduced from over 2,000 monks at the beginning of the twentieth century to some three dozen by the time the iron curtain fell. Since that time, however, it has participated in the growth of Orthodox monasticism everywhere, seeing a 50% increase in numbers by 2006, a trend that seems likely to continue in the years ahead.
The monastery was founded by several monks from Kiev Rus in the 11th century, which is why it is known as 'Rossikon'. Traditionally it was inhabited by Kievan and later by Russian Orthodox monks. It was recognized as a separate monastery in 1169.
The monastery prospered in the 16th and 17th centuries being lavishly sponsored by the tsars of Moscovy, but it declined dramatically in the 18th century to the point where there only two Russian and two Bulgarian monks left by 1730.
The construction of the present monastery on a new site, closer to the seashore, was carried out during the first two decades of the nineteenth century, with the financial help of the ruler of Moldo-Wallachia, Skarlatos Kallimachos. Russian monks numbered 1,000 in 1895, 1,446 in 1903, and more than 2,000 by 1913. During the Tatar yoke in Russia, most of the monks were Greeks and Serbs. The monastery occupies the nineteenth rank in the hierarchical order of the twenty Athonite monasteries. It is coenobitic (i.e., it is a communal monastic life). It also contains four sketes.
The Monastery of St Panteleimon was repeatedly gutted by fires, most famously in 1307 (when Catalan mercenaries set it aflame) and in 1968. The first Russian leader to visit the monastery was President Vladimir Putin on September 9, 2005.
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cornejo (18020) 2012-10-21 11:10
Serghei Hello, very good and nice picture of this beautiful view of this interesting monastery. Beautiful picture nicely composed and taken with good sharpness and depth, beautiful light and colors. Chaming perfetamente work done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
TopGeo (37994) 2012-10-21 11:25
Hello Serghei! Nice capture of the Russian Othodox monastery on the Athos.Perfect series from sea view in monasterys Interesting perspective and great colours.
siamesa (27449) 2012-10-21 13:44
Boa noite Serghei
Spectacular view of this monastery. The photo is superb with a very nigh quality. Congratulations.
krzychu30 (8849) 2012-10-21 14:10
another brilliant example of the beauty of Orthodox architecture.The Monastery is really beautiful.Eye-catching combination of white facade and celadon roof and towers.The scene is nicely composed and taken from the boat.You took advantage of the light to create so picturesque image with vivid colors and strong contrast.Great work!
emka (58110) 2012-10-21 23:29
Hi Sergei, Wow, it is splendid monastery. Indeed, with the green roofs and domes it looks Russian style. Superb colours and sharpness, very in teresting note. Splendid post.
WArm regrads from Warsaw
SnapRJW (18712) 2012-10-22 1:08
Hello Serghei - This is an impressive monastery, it must have cost a mint to build and I guess it was seen by the donors as a way of 'funding' one's way into heaven. I like the vantage point you have worked from as we see the building sandwiched between the blue sea and rich green forest. Super detail and an interesting note. Warm regrads Rosemary
timecapturer (30300) 2012-10-22 3:06
a gloriously detailed shot of this amazing place. Love the lines and colours here that seem to stand out so proudly set against the surrounding greenery. Impressive place and presentation.
Have a good week - regards Brian.
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-10-22 13:05
What a terrific shot of a beautiful monastery. The color and contrast are well rendered, and the composition and POV are just right. I like this kind of views combining architecture and nature.
Have a nice evening,
fabbs99 (5407) 2012-10-23 18:47
Very natural view of this monastery full of colors and grandiose.
Incredibly beautiful shot executed with a superb quality. The DOF, saturation and exposure were managed perfectly. Great work! TFS.
Angshu (51174) 2012-10-28 20:58
A fine picture of the impressive monastery built in Russian style. The blue domes & roof contrast well with the greenery in the BG. Nice work with layers here with the deep blue of the sea & FG.
PS : You've stopped posting your Thailand shots...was looking fwd to something from Chiang Mai
COSTANTINO (42744) 2012-11-02 10:35
wonderful postcard from this monastery
great work,original version
good sharpness and depth
have a nice weekend
elenimavrandoni (5789) 2012-11-15 10:36
Hello Serghei, a majestic picture of a very famous and majestic monastery! Women cannot visit or enter but can enjoy the outside and this is a marvellous shot taken to show all the beauty and the great detail of Moni Ag. Panteleimonos in Athos! A sacred place greatly highlighted and represented by you with extraodrinary colors and light, great contrast of the background with the sky and the Monastery´s roof tops!A great shot my friend!
jcpix (3261) 2013-01-07 17:27
приветствий из Аризоны! Beautiful shot of this monastery...the deep, rich colors are amazing. I think this tight framing is perfect to showcase the architecture and detail in conjunction with the hillside. I'm guessing this may have been taken from a boat maybe?? Regardless, you've done a good job of keeping the camera still with a slightly long exposure. Nice presentation and insightful description, thanks for sharing!