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A passage inside the Monastry of Temptation. The mountainside on the right has been worked away, to create a flat area on which the row of monk's rooms on the left was built. In a previous posting I mentioned that only one old monk is permanently living here. All rooms were vacant (curtainless windows) except for one.



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  • Martine
  • France
  • 11 Apr 2016, 03:08
Cette montagne est impressionnante à  côté de ce bâtiment.
Louis: Je vous remercier, Martine. C'est un endroit impressionnant.
I like this very narrow walkway, and having the figure in it is great!
Louis: With a swing of the hips, two monks would be able to pass one another. I think, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Apr 2016, 07:28
I wonder if the old monk feels lonely?
Louis: Hardly. He receives hundreds of visitors daily, Chris.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Apr 2016, 07:56
Impressive image, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Ray
I recall the old monk. Do people stay here for quiet contemplation?
Louis: Sometimes, other monks (one or two at a time) visit Father Gerassimos for short periods of time - mainly with the view of quiet contemplation, Bill. No other visitors stay over. Only tourists by day.
Quite impressive Louis. It shows you how difficult it must to lead a cloistered life!
Louis: Thank you Richard. People differ on adaptation to a cloistered life. I have a son-in-law who can't live without people around him. I can be on my own for two weeks and enjoy it, but I know if I would try that for a long period, I would go bonkers. But I am sure, that there will be people who like to live like that smile
Guess that's the way to make a new building site.
Louis: Where I live, suburbs sprawl against the side of steep hills. Same process. Excavate into the side of the mountain/hill until there is a level platform to build on. In this picture, it looks more dramatic, because the mountainside is so steep.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Apr 2016, 10:48
I am surprised that the other rooms are not taken up, in view of its location
Louis: Yes, it is surprising. But then, there are so many Greek Orthodox monasteries, across the world and Christianity in Greece is on the decline like in the rest of the West.

Another aspect that may have a bearing, is what I was told by an Israeli Christian. Many of them feel like leaving the country. With the Jews and Muslims always at each others throats, they constantly feel like living in a press. Not to say that Greek Christians may feel the same way.
Nice shot, Louis, the figure makes it.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
Definitely looks better with the person walking through.
Louis: Thank you Brian
nicely framed Louis... the walker adds to the scale of the walkway....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. One definitely can't hold a conference in that walkway.
It looks like a narrow passage Louis, Friar Tuck would struggle. I suppose this keeps the hot sun out.
Louis: Well, I didn't struggle ...

I believe that since it is a very steep mountain, the more they would excavate into the mountainside, the more costly it would be. So space is an economical issue.
the figure makes the pic, doesn't it?
Louis: True and thank you, Tom
i suppose this is about the only time of the day when a little bit of light comes down this way? very nice shot, Louis. i am trying to picture this place when there were more monks occupying this place.
Louis: I believe they have sun, most of the day and most of the year. The passage runs east west, no roof and it is in desert country.
I believe it wouldn't have been a lot different, with more monks. The reason is that they seek solitude. So they would stay in their rooms, most of the time - reading, praying and reflecting. The area where they would cook and eat, is off limits behind a closed door. All-in-all I would be surprised if there more monk traffic when there were more monks. The Christian monk is different from the Buddhist monks, who tend to do things in groups, while the Christian monks appreciate solitude.
Nice light and dark here.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn, there was strong backlight.

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