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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B11/S5.084

THE SEISMIC RETROFITTING OF ROMANIAN SKETE PRODROMU NORTH WING FROM MOUNT ATHOS

N. D. Stoica
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-07-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 1, Vol. 1, 645-652 pp

ABSTRACT
Prodromu Romanian Skete, dedicated to John the Baptist is one of two Romanian convents on Mount Athos (along Lake Skete) and depends on the Great Lavra monastery. It is situate in eastern end of the Athos peninsula called Vigla in a desert land, rocky and haunted by storm. For these reasons, the hermitage was named St. John the Baptist (Prodromu in Greek language). The place is wild, wonderful natural beauty, favorable to hermitage and contemplations. The place was loved by hermits, eager high spiritual life. Officially founded in 1820, Prodromu Romanian Skete consists of a central church surrounded by four wings of the building (north, south, east or west). With exterior perimeter structure consist of stone masonry and mortar of clay and volcanic ash from Santorini, 70-120 cm thick, and a wooden interior structure, all components of building buildings were damaged in the nearly 200 years because of weather and earthquakes. Located in an advanced state of decay, the northern wing is seismic and gravitational vulnerable and require urgent intervention to bring him to the structural safety. The work contains particular aspects of retrofitting this historical heritage building.

Keywords:Prodromu, skete, stone, masonry, retrofitting.