Catastrophic Fire In Chilandar Monastery
Last night after midnight Chilandar Monastery on Mount Athos was caught by catastrophic fire, which is still not completely extinguished. There are no casualties, and the firefighters, monks and workers in the monastery are keeping the fire under control. The fire, which spread by rooftop, completely destroyed a part of the monastery complex from the abbot's cell, through the hospitality rooms all the way to the Tower of Saint Sava. The Church of King Milutin, the treasury, archives and monastery library remain out of the fire's range. Five fire engines from Kareia, the administrative center of Mount Athos and the Chalkidiki Peninsula, joined in extinguishing and containing the fire.
The northwest part of the monastery residence, erected in 1821, and recently completely renovated, was burned. The administrative center of the monastery, the hospitality room and guest rooms were located in this section. The northeastern, White Residence, erected in 1598, which was under general restoration, was also destroyed in the fire.