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Karyes, Athos

Tower of Protato

  
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Tower of Protato
Location:
Part of the of the Protato complex (Church and administration center) of the monastic communtity of Athos in Karyes
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Athos
Mount Athos
Municipality > Town:

• Karyes
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 360 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1694  
Post-BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Very Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Α tower at the center of Karyes, the capital of the monastic community of Athos mountain. It is next to the building of the assembly of the community and a few meters from the Cathedral of Athos, the church of the Dormition of Theotokos, also known as “Protato” which is also the oldest church in Athos.

Since from the beginning (10th century), Karyes was the seat of the administrator of th community who was called Protos (meaning “the first”), hence the name Protato.

The tower was reconstructed in 1694 and again in 1890.

Today it houses the central library of Athos with important documents such as the first Typikon (Constitution of Athos) of 972 signed by the Byzantine emperor Tsimiskis.


Sources

  • The last 3 pictures were sent by Mr. Georgios Antonopoulos



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