Mount Athos: The W. entrance to the Vatopedi Monastery with its 'baldacchino' type porch

Department Archive
Collection SPHS BSA Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/4201.8574
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately quarter plate size, an original negative.
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 cm
Place Vatopedi Monastery
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. Vatopedi: entrance".
Notes Date based on Hasluck's visit to Mount Athos to research his book, Mount Athos and its Monasteries (1924). A baldachin, or baldaquin (from Italian: baldacchino), is a canopy of state; architecturally it takes the form of a stationary canopy held up by columns, and is more correctly called a ciborium when over a high altar.
Further information From its beginning, Vatopedi has always been a large and prosperous monastery. Its early traditions include the usual tales: founding by Constantine, destroyed by Julian, re-founded by Theodosius, sacked by the Arabs. However, documentation indicates that it was founded by three Adrianopolitans in the late 10th century and also recognises that early benefactors included the founders of the Hilandar Monastery. Over the centuries it has had many Imperial and noble benefactors. It is a spacious monastery with numerous chapels along with the 10th century katholikon (modelled on that of Lavra) dedicated to the Annunciation. Hasluck, in 1911, describes the date of the buildings as early - from the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries along with restorations and the addition of a hospital in the 19th.
Hasluck, F.W. 1924. Athos and its Monasteries, London: Kegan Paul (pp. 150-155)