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 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 Koutloumousiou

The original monastery was built before the 12th century but in the 14th centutry, abbot Chariton of Imvros, receeded to the enlargement of the monastery

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Monastery Simonos Petras

The seven-stored monastery of Simonopetra is the most bold construction of the peninsula, and is dedicated to the birth of Christ

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Monastery Esfigmenou

The monastery is inhabited be a large number of energetic monks who follow strictly the Athonite monastic tradition.

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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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THE NEA SKETE

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

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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 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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Celebrations

The Monasteries celebration according to the Julian calendar.

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