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Monastery Ajiu Ioannu Prodromu - twelfth-century monastery on the eastern bank of the stream, adjacent to the rocky slopes. Inside is a small, covered with frescoes katholikón. The monks grow near the buildings of the monastery vegetables, and have livestock, including poultry and mules. A narrow path carved by the monks of the monastery leads to a ravine along the Lousios. The trail leads up the river, crossing time approximately 40 minutes. The path climbs the winding, at first very gently, then more steeply. Before the gate appears to some park benches, and the whole area has traces of the monastic mules hooves. From the path, when the look up through the trees, the monastery resembles swallow's nest, clinging to the rocks a few hundred feet above his head.

The interior of the monastery meets expectations - the local residents rightly define him as a politismeno (Spiritual culture), which is the opposite of Agrio (crude). The monastery complex is proving to be surprisingly small, I never lived here at one time more than fifteen monks. When we were there, them there were only ten, the very young and ardent in their faith. Prior, however, was a nice old man, who invited us and accompany Swiss marriage , to the tasty coffee, a glass of wine and a nice chat. This conversation was a real circus, the real linguistic tower of Babel. Prior spoke in Greek, lady from Swiss translated to her husband into German, then she translated to me English and I had translated to my companion into Polish. With these Swiss people, traveling to Greece by car, even accidentally met twice on the Peloponnese peninsula. As is clear from the story prior, in those days, the Turks made the prohibition of placing on the monasteries on the Greek land, so the monks, to outwit their, monastery built at the top, hooking it to a rock - none of the floors of the monastery did not touch the ground. Monks willing to provide accommodation for tourists, but it is unlikely places.. It is of course aware of appropriate dress and behavior, and that everywhere around the monastery is forbidden to shoot, and spaces non-smoking. But we spent the night in the nearby ruins of the ancient city Gortis, near the monastery, by a bright Lousios River.

Photo taken during the race bike to Greece in 1998. This is a scan from a negative.

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