Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki

Elder Paisios

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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-Xeropotamou

Monastery Xiropotamou

The monastery is in the middle of the athonite peninsula, on the way from Daphne to Karyes and is dedicated to the 40 Martyrs.

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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 Hilandariou

During the 14th century, the monastery reached its highest peak, accumulating riches and heirlooms from imperial as well as private donnations

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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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MIKRA AGIA ANNA

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

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SKETE OF PROPHET ELIAS

It was founded in 1759 by the Russian monk Paisio Velitchkofsky.

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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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