Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki

Elder Paisios

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WELCOME TO MOUNT ATHOS INFORMATION

The Holy Mount Athos is an autonomous and self-governed territory of Greece. It occupies the whole of the third peninsula of Halkidiki Greece, about 50 km in length and having a breadth of 8-12 km covering an area of 330 square kilometers.

In the centre of the peninsula of Mount Athos rise a long range of hills and mountains, culminating in Mount Athos itself, 2,033m above sea level.

The boarder of this monastic state, where it meets the rest of Greece, is marked by an imaginary line drawn from Francocastro on the western coast across to Cape Arapis on the opposite coast, passing close it the foothills of the mountain “Megali Vigla” (Megas Zigos).

Until the 3rd Century BC, many small Greek towns existed on the peninsula of Athos, principally colonies originating from Chalkida and Eretria. The most important of which were Sani, Ouranoupolis, Thisson, Kleones, Dion, Akrathos and Olofixos. Later, these towns declined or were destroyed.

 

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MONASTERIES IN MOUNT ATHOS

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Monastery Karakallou

Monastery Karakallou

The monastery is situated between the monasteries of Great Lavra and Iviron, on a slope by the sea and is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.

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Monastery-Panteleimon

Monastery Agios Pandeleimonos

The monks are Greek and Russian, which outnumber the first after 1497. In the 18th c. the monastery is again in greek hands, only to fall back to the Russians in 1875.

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Monastery-Xenophontos

Monastery Xenofondos

It is built by the sea, between the monasteries of Docheiariou and St Panteleimonos, and is dedicated to St George.

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Monastery-Grigoriou

Monastery Osiou Grigoriou

The monastery is built by the sea, in the S.W. side of the peninsula, between the monasteries of Dionysiou and Simonopetra

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Pilgrims Informations

The region is governed by the “Holy community” under the ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

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HOLY SKITES

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SKETE AGIOU PANTELEIMONOS

The skete of Agiou Panteleimonos belongs to Koutloumousiou monastery.

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SKETE AGIOU DIMITRIOU

The skete of Saint Dimitrios one hour away of Vatopedi monastery.

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SKETE AGIA ANNA

Five hours away from the monastery of Megisti Lavra y lies the skete of Agia Anna.

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SKETE TIMIOU PRODROMOU OR IBERIAN

One hour away from Iviron monastery the Skete of Timiou Prodromou.

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Celebrations

The Monasteries celebration according to the Julian calendar.

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