Mount Athos

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula near Thessaloniki, and an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism since 1054. The ‘Holy Mountain’ is home to over 20 monasteries that are presently inhabited by nearly 1,400 monks. Women are not allowed within 500 meters of the shore, and even female animals are prohibited on the mountain, because it is believed that the Virgin Mary visited here and prayed to have the mountain as her own. Men can visit the monasteries, but stays are limited to four days.


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