Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mount Athos from the Sky

Mount Athos, a magical place, in Northern Greece, has been a monastic community for centuries. The 20 monasteries, with the countless hermitages and the nearly 1.500 monks, has been a holy place for all Orthodox Christians since the beginning of Christianity.  It is believed to have been a holy place for the ancient Greeks too, where by only women could go there. Now women are not permitted to enter the Virgin Mary’s Garden. Nevertheless, these pictures are for all, for those who can or cannot go and visit this monastic community, which is the only place in the world which retains the Byzantine time, reminding the faithful of a rich cultural and religious past, but also a prosperous present and future.

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