Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes and His Grace, Bishop Teodosije visiting a local monastery, accompanied by protective UN peacekeepers (the two monks in the background are Hierodeacon Jevsevije (l) and hieromonk Andrej (r)
Eight hundred years ago, Byzantine monks painting the walls of a monastery in Cyprus made the aesthetic choice to use asbestos—heat-resistant mineral fibers now known to be highly carcinogenic—to give their work an extra sheen. University of California, Los Angeles,
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“The Guardians of Silence” by Dragan Elčić. An award-winning documentary focusing on the life of the Serbian Orthodox Christian monastery Visoki Dečani, built in the mid 14th century. Monks live under constant threat from the muslim Albanians. Just like during WW2, Italian soldiers are keeping the monastery safe. And 21 of them lost their lives on that task.