Ταφικά μνημεία του β' μισού του 19ου αι. σε αγιορείτικα καθιδρύματα προϊόν διπλωματικής προπαγάνδας

Δημήτριος Α. Λιάκος, Νικόλαος Α. Μερτζιμέκης

Abstract


The erection of founder burial monuments within Katholika or within
various Parekklisia was very common in the region of Mount Athos. This practice has been followed in the three burial monuments which are studied in
this essay, in the Athonite monasteries of Saint Panteleimon, Zografou and in
Vatopediou Skete of Saint Andreas in Karyes, known as “Serai”.
The monuments mentioned above belong to eminent persons of consequence
who either had played a significant role during the long history of
the aforementioned monasteries or were connected to specific historical
events. The three monuments under study constitute exceptional case-studies
of the classicist style which “penetrates” Greece after the former foundation of
the Greek State in 1830 and is established as a formal artistic expression by
influencing profoundly all aspects of artistic creation as has been established
for that period of time.
Furthermore, these types of burial monuments are usually common and
preferred in great, well known cemeteries of nineteenth century Greece.
In conclusion, it should be noted that the existence of these buildings in
Slavic monasteries is related to the attempt of distinguished political persons
such as the Russian Consuls who promote the Panslavism Movement in the
wider Macedonian area to impose this style.

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