SKopelos

Restoration project at local monastery complete!

By Sofia, Aug 5 2017 03:54PM

It all started with my intention to raise funds to replace a rickety old gate at the Livadhitissa monastery. That gate has now been replaced with a new one, made of the recycled metal from the old one fitted to new side posts.


The funds were raised by voluntary donations from participants in free walks and forage sessions to gather herbs and other plants abundant on the island.


Such was the success of this project, it has been possible to use surplus funds to plan the restoration of the beautiful, but crumbling stone archway at the forecourt of the monastery's main entrance. Already, Manthos the stone mason has completed the archway restoration and it is now the turn of Andonis, the blacksmith, to show his skill in re-fashioning a foraged cast iron bar gate for the beautiful archway.


Contributors to the fundraising included holidaying visitors to the island from far away countries, Greeks from the mainland and members of the Skopelos community (Greeks and ex-pats alike). I thank all those involved for the success of this restoration project which all of us can now enjoy in this beautiful, prime location.



The rickety old gate
The rickety old gate
The new gate, complete, though still awaiting painting
The new gate, complete, though still awaiting painting
The crumbling old archway
The crumbling old archway
Manthos the stone mason makes repairs
Manthos the stone mason makes repairs
The rear archway repaired and restored (now awaiting the new gate)
The rear archway repaired and restored (now awaiting the new gate)
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