Editing: We have decided to ‘anonymise’ all the monks mentioned in the contributions – that is, all the monks who are alive. We think that this is fair – most of us who know the Holy Mountain will be able to work out who they are!

Progress: Contributions of artwork and beautiful drawings have been coming in. We are wondering whether or not to make proper art prints of some of these available in the future – it is hoped to display them at the book launch.

Other contributions: We have ‘in the bin’ 78,948 words, and are expecting (actually promised – you know who you are -) a further 29,200 words. When that is finally received a bit of serious tightening up will be required.

Competition – where do you think this picture is from?


  • Chris Thomas says:

    Not too many clues in that picture – is that wall maybe somewhere near Koutloumousiou?

    • Daniel Eriksen says:

      Well, that is a nun? So I think it is a trick question! Could it be St John the Baptist monastery in Essex, England…since Fr (Saint) Sophrony was at Mt Athos. So it would qualify as an Athonite photograph by association!

  • Peter Howorth says:

    Ho Ho
    – got you!!
    This is a nun at St. John the Forerunner, on Mount Ossa!
    A very happy place where my wife learned how to make haloumi cheese!

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The Society of the Friends of Mount Athos is dedicated to the study and promulgation of knowledge of the history, culture, arts, architecture, natural history, and literature of the Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos, and to the promotion of the religious and other charitable work of the Holy Community and the monasteries, both those located on Mount Athos, and those elsewhere which are dependent or connected in some way with Mount Athos.