Mount Athos: General view of Vatopedi Monastery

Department Archive
Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/4154.8527
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately quarter plate size, an original negative.
Dimensions 10 x 8.5 cm
Place Vatopedi Monastery
Mount Athos
Dates 1911
Creator Hasluck, Dr Frederick William
Collection event Hasluck in Mount Athos 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: Vatopédi: general view".
Notes Date based on Hasluck's visit to Mount Athos to research his book, Mount Athos and its Monasteries (1924).

The image appears in the SPHS Slide Set by A.J. Toynbee, ca. 1924. Greek Life and the Greek Environment [later changed to The Geography of Greece], slide number 20.
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)
Reference 1911 JHS 31: 7th accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxxxi.SPHS 8527. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 32.SPHS 8527. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 74.SPHS 8527. Link to article