Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki

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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 Agios Pavlou

It is situated in the west foot of Athos, 20 min from the sea and is dedicated in the Presentation of Christ to the temple.

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Monastery-Iveron

Monastery Iviron

The 16th century has been a period of prosperity for the monastery, and, as result, it has been decorated with splendid painting works

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Monastery Zografou

The monastery was founded, according to tradition, in the 10th c. by three brothers, Moses, Aaron and Ioannis from Achris.

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Monastery Pandokratoros

The monastery is built by the sea, in the N.E. side of the peninsula and is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Saviour.

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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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MIKRA AGIA ANNA

Mikra Agia Anna is an Hermitage place, established in the 16th century.

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KAROULIA

Karoulia is the main area of the hermits and belongs to Megisti Lavra monastery.

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KATOUNAKIA

Katounakia is a hermit’s area and it lies between Mikri Agia Anna Skite and Karoulia.

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THE NEA SKETE

It was founded in 1760 and belongs to the monastery of St. Paul.

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Celebrations

The Monasteries celebration according to the Julian calendar.

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