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The monasteries of Mount Athos

The Protaton church at Karyes
The Great Lavra Monastery
Vatopedi Monastery
Chelandari Monastery

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The monastery of Vatopedi
View of the spacious courtyard of the monastery of Vatopedi, founded in 970, Mount Athos.

Craftsman
Detail of wall-painting depicting the Deposition of Christ from the Cross with a craftsman, 1312, Katholikon of Vatopedi monastery, Mount Athos.

Angel
Detail of the wall-painting depicting the Deposition of Christ from the Cross with angel, 1312, Katholikon of Vatopedi monastery, Mount Athos.

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The monastery of Vatopedi


Craftsman


Angel

The monastery of Vatopedi was founded in the 10th century. Today it gives the impression of an extensive settlement with a great courtyard at its centre surrounded by vast buildings. The large katholikon, dedicated to Theotokos (the Mother of God) and faced with rose-coloured marble, has the distinction of being the only church on Mount Athos to have mosaics surviving from the 11th century.

Unfortunately the wall-paintings in this gem of a Byzantine building were painted over in 1819. A few remained intact in the narthex to reveal the high quality of a dynamic and emotionally expressive mode of painting which in all probability dates to 1312. The style suggests that these wall-paintings were executed by two different artists, one of whom may be identified as Manuel Panselinos himself.

See Also
Civilization - Wall-paintings (1204-1430)


Macedonian Heritage
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