Mount Athos the Monasteries and their Treasures
Available in English - Greek - Russian language
Author : Sotiris Kadas
A guide to a place of contemplation and devoutness.
Images from the daily life of the monks, an introduction to the precious treasures that have been protected for centuries by the sleepless guards of the Christian faith. Twenty monasteries in an embrace with nature, at a place where man blends with god.
A unique world, within our world but outside of it.
Mount Athos – in Greek known as Agion Oros, the Holy Mountain – is the most easterly of the three peninsulas of Chalcidice and took its name from the monastic state that lies spread out over its territory.
Mount Athos occupies an area with a length of 47 km and a width of 5-10 km, in a total area of approximately 322 square km.
It is narrow in shape – the ancient writer Strabo describes it is “breast-shaped and high” – and has a rocky and inaccessible terrain, with steep cliffs and no natural harbours.
It thus forms a long and narrow mountainous area, resulting in a kind of isolation, which explains the specific nature of Athonite monastic life.
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