(BELGRADE) 4 March 2004 - Last night after midnight Chilandar Monastery
on Mount Athos was caught by catastrophic fire, which is still not
completely extinguished. There are no casualties, and the firefighters,
monks and workers in the monastery are keeping the fire under control.
The fire, which spread by rooftop, completely destroyed a part of the
monastery complex from the abbot's cell, through the hospitality rooms
all the way to the Tower of Saint Sava. The Church of King Milutin, the
treasury, archives and monastery library remain out of the fire's range.
Five fire engines from Kareia, the administrative center of Mount Athos
and the Chalkidiki Peninsula, joined in extinguishing and containing the
The northwest part of the monastery residence, erected in 1821, and
recently completely renovated, was burned. The administrative center of
the monastery, the hospitality room and guest rooms were located in this
section. The northeastern, White Residence, erected in 1598, which was
under general restoration, was also destroyed in the fire.
See also http://www.vertograd.ru/txt/04/03/427.html
Acording to vertograd, the relics and the miraculous icon of the Mother
of God of Three hands were not harmed.)
Story and pictures.)
(Photos of the fire, as well as a map showing the
devasted area in red. Couldn't find any news on the site.)
(In English on the
campaign by Macedonia against the canonical SOC)
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