PLACES

HALKI

Lermontov  - To my country  

Whatever dubious reason may protesting cry;
The shame alone of all her blood bought glory,
Her haughty self-assurance, conscious pride,
And the ancestral faith's traditions dark,
With woe have penetrated all my heart.

In the beautiful island of Halki, one of the famous Prince Islands, on the hill of Hope, the highest point of the island,  is the  famous Monastery of  Holy Trinity and the Theological School of Halki. The Monastery allegedly, was founded by Patriarch Photius in the 9th century while being also Stavropegic and dependent directly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Inside the monastery was founded in 1844, along with the renovation of it, the Theological School of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, by the Ecumenical Patriarch Germanos 4th. After its destruction in 1894 by a fierce earthquake ,  expat Pavlos  Skylitsis Stefanovic made ​​available the necessary funds for the restoration of the Monastery and School.

Behind the sanctuary of the church, are the tombs of patriarchs, metropolitans, priests and teachers of the School.

The school had originally seven classes, four high school and three theological ones. The prestige and the level of the School were such, that many of the graduates continued their specialties at Russia and universities of the West. Meanwhile, the students came from all latitudes and longitudes of the world where Orthodoxy and Hellenism existed.

The financial maintenance of the School was ensured by the annual contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of Bishops and other clergy and monasteries. It was this multilevel support that allowed the Monastery to maintain at its premises, its brilliant library of thousands of volumes.

In 1971, unfortunately, was banned by the Turkish Ministry of Education, the function of the theological section .That led in 1984 to the discontinuation of operation for the high school section. Since then, constant is the struggle of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of the School and of people from the world of Orthodoxy, Hellenism and Letters as well, for its reopening.

We deeply thank the Bishop of Prousi and Abbot of the Holy Monastery and School of Halki mr. Elpidoforo  for his guidance , his license to include the Monastery to our guide and finally for his hospitality. 

http://www.ec-patr.org/default.php?lang=en

ELIS

Pushkin -On the translation of Iliad

I hear the sound of Greek divine voice that was silenced...

We want to thank from our heart the bishop of Elis Germanos, who granted us permission to include the monasteries and churches of historical Ilia in our guide. At the same time, we want to thank the priests, monks and nuns  for their patience and for providing additional photos. Finally , special thanks to our friend Angelos Vergopoulos for supporting and guiding us to our tour in his beloved Elis. 

http://www.imilias.gr/

ZANTE

Aleksandr Pushkin-"For Shores Of Home...

" But there, alas!

where sky grew hotter And bluer in a sunny beam

Where olive-trees cast shade on water...

The island stands out, among the other islands of Greece, for the unique beauty, distinct style and age, of its churches and monasteries. Important role, for this flourishing ecclesiastical art on the island, played the occupation of the island by the Normans and the Venetians (1185-1797 AD) for 600 years. The islanders reacted to the pressure from the Catholic conquerors, to change Christian doctrine, by building hundreds of churches across the island. So by having them as a tool and with the special ecclesiastical art growing out of the circumstances, they were attached to Orthodoxy and Hellenism. In our application, we will travel to these churches, although those that survived the great earthquake of 1953 are quite less than those before the disaster.

We want to thank all the priests, monks and nuns of the island, who agreed to accommodate us so we can carry out our work. Specially, we thank father Panagiotis Kapodistrias for his   supervision and fathet  Dionysius Lykogiannis for his continuous support and guidance over the historical and artistic features of churches and monuments of the island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakynthos

PATRAS

Pushkin - The captive

Let’s rise through the clouds to the peak ever white!

Let’s soar to the borders of blue sea and sky,

And stroll on the wind where just wind strolls--and I!

We want to thank from the bottom of our hearts His Eminence Metropolitan Mr. Chrysostomos , who granted us permission to include the monasteries and churches of the town of the Apostle Andrew to our guide. At the same time, we want to thank the priests, monks and nuns of the Metropolis for their patience and for providing the necessary information accompanying our photos.

http://www.i-m-patron.gr/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patras

EGIO - KALAVRYTA

Lermontov - Demon

The Demon o'er the monastery flew.

Long, long he paused, as though he would relent,

Nor violate the shrine of sweet content;

We want to thank from the bottom of our hearts His Eminence Metropolitan Kalavryton and Egialias Mr. Ambrosios , who granted us permission to include the monasteries and churches of his historical Metropolis to our guide. At the same time, we want to thank the priests, monks and nuns of the Metropolis for their patience and for providing the necessary information accompanying our photos. Particular mention we want to make to the father Venianaki Joachim, the father Petropoulos Vasilios and mr. Papatheodorou Panagiotis for their support.

http://www.im-ka.gr/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalavryta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aigio

COMING SOON

1)Our first journey to Russia

2)Elis (Ancient Olympia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrgos,_Elis      

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia,_Greece

3)Northern Cyclades

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syros                   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinos  

4)Santorini

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw1w3CH55Iw   

5)Zakynthos-40 additional churches and monasteries

6)Patras-4 additional churches and monasteries 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH5V07dH7jI

7)7 additional churches and monasteries 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkchGlY1skc