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First Edition Philokalia

The Sinai library has several copies of the first edition of the Philokalia, published in Venice in 1782. This large folio volume contains advanced texts on prayer, spanning from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries, compiled by Nicodemus the Hagiorite and Macarius of Corinth. Included in this volume are the spiritual treatises by Hesychius of Sinai, and Philotheus of Sinai.

Coffered Ceiling

The coffered ceiling of the renovated library creates beautiful patterns of light and shadow.

Custom Lamps

Custom lamps were made for the renovated library.

The Banister at Balcony Level

The stainless steel banister at balcony level

Details of the Banister Posts

Details of the banister posts

Steel Posts

The stairways have stainless steel posts with turned ornaments at each end. These support the banister.

Stairway in the New Library

Two stairways at opposite corners lead up to the balcony level.

The New Manuscript Storeroom

The renovated storeroom has a stainless steel balcony that extends around the entire room. Open shelves at the upper level hold the monastery’s collection of early Greek printed books. Cabinets at the lower level contain trays to support stainless steel archival cases. These will protect some two thousand manuscripts, and about two hundred significant printed books.

Chairs in the Reading Room

The chairs in the reading room have also been carved with the monastery logo.

Reading Room Tables

The new tables in the reading room are made of cherry wood. The monastery logo has been carved at each end.