Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Napoleon's kept tent in Mount Athos treasury *LINK*

Hi,

On the nightly news in France tonight (France 2, Journal de 20 heures), there was a report about the Mount Athos autonomous region in north-eastern Greece that has been run by the Orthodox church since Byzantine times. A reporter from the station visited the Esphigmenou Monastery (which is usually closed to outsiders) and the monks showed him around the monastery. In the hidden treasure room, they videotaped a well-preserved tent of Napoleon that (if I caught it correctly) had been seized by pirates.

A Wikipedia article says it is "a large part of the tent used by Napoleon. The tent remnant is used as the curtain for the sanctuary door in the katholikon on the feast day of the Holy Ascension."

On another site (http://www.mlahanas.de/Greece/Regions/MonasteryOfEsphigmenou.html), it says "Esphigmenou has in its possession a large (3.052.80 m2) part of Napoleon Bonaparte's tent, which was donated to the monastery by Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople. The monks use this once a year, at the celebration of the Ascension of Christ, as a tent over the entrance of the catholicon."

Does anyone know the story of this tent, and has it been studied by anyone?

Cheers,

Jim

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