Mount Athos: The Skete of Bogoroditsa

Department Archive
Collection SPHS BSA Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/4195.8568
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately quarter plate size, an original negative.
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 cm
Place Skete of Bogoroditsa
Mount Athos
Dates 1911
Creator Hasluck, Dr Frederick William
Collection event Mount Athos (Hasluck) 1911
Scope and Content Part of a series of images taken by F.W. Hasluck during the course of his visit to Mount Athos in 1911. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athos: 1911. the mountain and Skiti of Bogoroditza".
Notes Date based on Hasluck's visit to Mount Athos to research his book, Mount Athos and its Monasteries (1924). The Skete of Bogoroditsa is a dependant of the St. Panteleimon Monastery (also known as the Russian or Rossikon Monastery).
Further information Sketae are semi-autonomous religious communities - hermitages - loosely attached to monasteries. They typically consist of huts or cottages in the neighbourhood of a central building which houses the church. Hasluck indicates that St. Anne Skete is the oldest on Mount Athos, dating to the 16th century, with the others dating to the 17th or 18th century. The community minimally consists of an Elder and at least one monk and a novice. Inhabitants of sketae live strictly and engage in manual labour, mainly craft production such as woodworking or painting.
Hasluck, F.W. 1924. Athos and its Monasteries, London: Kegan Paul (pp. 76-78)