From Antigone the traveller proceeds to Chalki, maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing islet of the group, from the truth that it abounds with spars, and that the stays of mines are nonetheless perceptible, in addition to piles of the waste flung from the shafts centuries in the past. At Chalki stands the monastery of the Trinity, in all probability so named from the truth that it occupies one of many three headlands for which the island is exceptional. It was as soon as very in depth, however was almost destroyed by fireplace ; the wing containing the chapel is, nevertheless, nonetheless excellent, and its porch is an object of nice curiosity to travellers, from the actual fact of its containing a rare and considerably grotesque illustration of the Final Day. On a second top stands one other convent, devoted to the Virgin ; and approached by a really high-quality street, commanding superb views of the encompassing panorama, and fringed with arbutus, cistus, myrtle, and pine timber, amongst which the convent is embosomed.
The primary resident British Ambassador on the Ottoman Court docket retired to this island in an effort to recruit his well being, which had suffered from the local weather, and in the end died right here. His tomb is now destroj’ed, and the inscription-stone is inserted sideways within the wall above the doorway gate of the monastery, whence it can’t be eliminated with out an Imperial firman.
4 noble strains of cypress timber, sweeping downward to the shore, result in a splendid palace, previously belonging to Prince Mavroyeni, who after serving within the Turkish military towards Russia, was decapitated by the Grand Vezir for some alleged offence ; which proved, nevertheless, so insufficient within the eyes of the Sultan, that he struck off the heads of the Vezir and his son, and bestowed the palace and gardens of the sad sufferer upon the household of Affendooli, whose consultant was executed on the graduation of the Greek revolution. The home was sacked by the Turks, after which turned for a time the summer season residence of the Austrian minister, Baron Ottenfels; however it’s now a favorite resort of the Sultan, who has prompted it to be fitted up in the costliest method ; and who often, throughout his sojourn on the island, offers luxurious balls within the European model to the respectable Greek inhabitants and guests.
Cruelties and subsequent
Subsequent comes Prinkipo, celebrated for the cruelties and subsequent exile of Irene, the widow of Flavius Leo, who gave its title to the island, which is the most important and most populous of the group. The city, seated on its japanese shore, accommodates upwards of 300 inhabitants; its circumference is about eight miles, and the stays of a convent nonetheless exist, which was former!)’ tenanted by a sisterhood of fifty nuns. A monastery in a state of dilapidation, devoted to the Transfiguration, and now occupied by a solitary monk, grey with age, stands on the summit of one of many heights; whereas one other, crowning the loftiest hill on the island, and inscribed to St. George, is widely known for its sanctity, and far frequented by the Greeks.