Three coins and four names

There are three coins on a small piece of paper and a few more just next to it on a table in a room where normally there shouldn’t be coins or a table and certainly not a building….

The reason for this is, that the table in question is just standing next to the abyss on an overhanging mountain side in the remote Tzoumerka region of Northern Greece and it could have been standing there for the last 800 years.

I have been stopping at the Kipinas Monastery, which is a small cluster of rooms that – gravity defying – appears to have been glued onto the sheer rockface, to protect its inhibitants – Byzantine monks and their flock – from foreign invaders.

Further defensive features are a small draw bridge and a complex tunnel system that is leading over 200 meters into the mountain and to an own water supply.

Well hidden and towering over the road and the Kallarytikos river below, its precarious and yet ingenious construction has stood the test of time.

Kindly encouraging the monks in a magical place like this to pray for your loved ones can certainly not do any harm…..

Published by The Blue Vet

I am a veterinary surgeon with a German and Norwegian educational background. I have been the founder and for over 20 years I have been the senior veterinarian at the Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic in Surrey, England. When starting this blog I was also the President of FECAVA, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. In the summer of 2019 I left my clinic to work as an international locum and clinical advisor. I am interested in all aspects of clinical companion animal medicine, in endurance sports and in traveling and meeting people with and without their pets and especially in sharing my knowledge with colleagues in other parts of Europe and the World.

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