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« on: August 28, 2007, 10:52:19 AM »

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6966154.stm

Things are really getting bad over in Greece.   It's just horrible to read about the poor children and the terror they suffered.   Does anyone have information whether any monasteries have been damaged or evacuated?  My knowledge of Greek geography is poor, but isn't the Holy Mountain on the other side of the peninsula?  It hasn't been affected by the fire correct?
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007, 10:58:08 AM »

Mt Athos is well away from the Peloponese, so there is not a dnager att his time from this set of forest fires.

I have not yet heard of any monasteries being directly damaged, but I have heard of several village churches being destroyed.

To help keep things reasonably well organized, I'm linking this thread regarding AHEPA's relief efforts here, and then locking this thread, hoping to drive discussion on the AHEPA thread and thereby increasing visibility to their efforts:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=12623.0
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2007, 11:09:31 AM »

isn't the Holy Mountain on the other side of the peninsula?  It hasn't been affected by the fire correct?
Wrong peninsula.
The Peninsula of the Holy Mountain is much more north.
If you look at the map of Greece below, the Peloponese (where the fires are) is that hand-shaped piece of land to the South with four "fingers", the second "finger" of which points towards Crete.
If you follow the East Coast of Greece upwards, you come to Thessaloniki. To the south-east of Thessaloniki you see another "hand" with three fingers. The Northernmost "finger" of this "hand" is the Peninsula of the Holy Mountain.
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