It’s definition plain. Austere lanky lines are in tune with the surrounding area. Even the recent buildings don’t alter the characteristic structure. It is 40 metres in length though its width is 5 metres. Narrow rocky steps lead to the 8 floors and unite parts of the monastery. Its arches are built with flint brought from Milos. The use of wood suggests the existence of forest in the area (particularly forests with certain types of cypress trees). The monastery is composed of the monks’ cells, the treasury, the kitchen, its ovens, its storage rooms, rooms for the bread baking, cellars for wines, rooms for the earthenware jars with oil as well as the lime pits and the wells. The furnaces and the cookhouses do not function anymore, although the treasury opens to the faithful on the 21st November during the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. In 1977 three small cells were combined and visitors can now admire some of the Monastery’s heirlooms while at the same time enjoying the citrus and marshmallow treats.
All it took were some scenic plans from Luc Besson, specifically a panoramic view of the Monastery for viewers to be fascinated. The movie and the plot were lost in memories of film festivals, the heroes faded and were forgotten, but people were met with one of the rarest, most moving and powerful places in the world. When you come across a peaceful sea and get a birds eye view from the Monastery, then the expression “the big blue” is not just a cliche, it is something more than that. It is you.