Monastery on the Holy Mount Athos.

On clear days the towering pyramid of the Holy Mountain of Athos appears in the sea west of Thassos. Since the early periods of orthodox monastic civilization on the Athos Peninsula there were intense cultural and economic relations to neighbouring Thassos. Several of the monasteries owned extensive estates on the island. In the villages of Thassos, monks supervised the agricultural works from satellite centres ("metóchia"). These estate mansions were erected in the style of Athos: in Kazaviti the metóchi of the Athos monastery Esphigmenou of 1807 (now house Manola of our project...) and the metóchi of the monastery Megisti Lavra of 1843, at the drive way to the central square. There was a third such metóchi in Kazaviti at Rodia square, dated 1803 or 1805, but it has been altered in its outer appearance sadly beyond recognition.
The building style of the imposing monastic fortresses on Athos was applied in modest dimensions on Thassos as well. And both these traditions can be traced back to the Byzantine civilization, which at a late stage of its powerful cultural influences also dominated in southern Albania. It was with emphasis on this part of the Balkans that Byzantine style elements were combined with those from the Islamic tradition to form the style that became representative beyond Albania for northern Greece including Mount Athos and the bordering Balkans countries. Accordingly, orthodox-christian and Turkish-islamic styles have much in common. Usually this synthesis is called the Macedonian-Epirotic style, because it is representative for Macedonia and the master builders were recruited mostly from the Albanian Gjirokastra/Epiros region . Even nowadays, the restoration works on Athos are mostly in the hands of Albanian craftsmen.

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