The sign on the road to the main gate, showing shadows from a large cactus across the street. On the hill in the distance is a Cross that is lit up at night.
The cactii-laden, winding road into the monastery.
From the hill looking west-northwest. The women's guest quarters are on the left, and right of center is the Romanian-style chapel of St. George the Great-Martyr. Panorama 1 of 3.
Panorama 2 of 3. A view of the central monastery grounds. All of the trees were planted by the monks. Palm trees are not native to Arizona.
Panorama 3 of 3. To the left is the main church dedicated to St. Nectarios the Wonder-Worker and St. Anthony the Great. The main gate is also visible.
Looking through the main gate at the main church.
Inside the monastery, looking back at the gate. The main church is over my right shoulder.
The north side of the main church. The apse of the trapeza (dining hall) is just visible to the left.
The north doors to the narthex of the main church.
Looking east-northeast at the main church.
Inside the main church. The white walls will eventually be filled with Byzantine iconographic frescoes.
Looking south in the main church. The other direction looks similar.
The south chliros (chanter stand) where the monks stand most of the time while chanting the services. There is also a north chliros, allowing for antiphonal Byzantine chanting.
Looking south-southeast at the entrance to the nave.
A close-up view of the Bishop's throne.
Elder Ephraim at the Monastery's Feast Day in 2000...
The candle-lit services are beautiful. This was taken during the Monastery's Feast Day in 2000.
The trapeza (dining hall). The far table is where Elders Ephraim and Paisios sit, among other leading monastics. The other three groups--monks, male pilgrims and women pilgrims--each have their own separate tables.
View of the main church as you take a left out of the trapeza.
The Central Fountain (Fiali).
Looking north towards the chapels of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (left) and St. Panteleimon (right).
The chapel of St. Panteleimon is upstairs on the south side of the building containing Elder Ephraim's cell (quarters). This chapel houses the skull of Elder Joseph the Hesychast.
Looking south-southeast at the building containing Elder Ephraim's cell and the chapel of St. Panteleimon.
The blessed skull of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, Elder Ephraim's spiritual father.
The chapel of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
The nave of the chapel of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Photo by Fr. Luke Hartung.
One of the many gates and fountains on the property.
Another beautiful fountain.
The Romanian-style chapel of St. George the Great-Martyr.
Looking almost due east at the chapel of St. George the Great-Martyr and the chapel's bell tower.
The nave of the chapel of St. George the Great-Martyr. The woodwork in the roof is especially unique and beautiful.
The ornate, wood-carved Templon.
Another fountain, this one dedicated to St. Demetrios the Great-Martyr.
Back side of the outdoor shrine to St. Seraphim of Sarov. Photo by Fr. Luke Hartung.
The monastery's sign, removed for some refinishing work, with the vineyard in the background.
Numerous clergy from the Serbian Church visited on Friday. Elder Ephraim is on the right, speaking with Fr. Luke Hartung. Fathers Damascene and Gerasim from the Holy Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska (Platina) are in line with their backs turned to the camera.
Metropolitan Amfilohije (left), from Montenegro in Serbia, with Elder Paisios, the Abbot of St. Anthony's Monastery.
Metropolitan Amfilohije, Bishop Longin (Administrator of the Serbian Diocese of Western America) and Elder Paisios.
Abbot Paisios and Metropolitan Amfilohije.
Metropolitan Amfilohije with Presbytera Anastasia Hartung (Sts. Peter and Paul O.C., Salt Lake City), with her son, Fr. Luke Hartung (Dormition Orthodox Church, The Dalles, OR).
Sunset behind the chapel of St. George the Great-Martyr.
An average Arizona sunset!