Ringing the Bells at Vatopedi on Feast of the Holy Trinity

Ringing the Bells at Vatopedi on Feast of the Holy Trinity

Ringing the Bells at Vatopedi on Feast of the Holy Trinity, digital print from 35mm slide, 1990

Vatopedi’s bell tower (ca. 1427) is the oldest on Mt. Athos. The monk in this photograph interrupts the usual stillness of the monastery and fills its sacred space with the sounds of the tower’s eight bells, calling monks and pilgrims to prayer on a major feast day. The barely-visible inscription high on the tower’s façade gives reason for the age-old tradition: “The bells above pealing joyously call the faithful unto praise of God...″

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Watch a short video of the bells at Vatopedi.

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Ringing the Bells at Vatopedi on Feast of the Holy Trinity