Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki Greece

Elder Paisios

Let us always try to do good without expecting anything

A day of a Monk

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Monasteries

Τoday on Mount Athos there are 20 monasteries

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Mount Athos is open for Visitors

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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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Koutloumousiou-Monastery

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-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 Dochiariou

It is one of the most elegant and beautiful monasteries of the Holy Mountain, sited by the sea.

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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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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

Nea skete it is built near the sea. It was founded in 1760 and belongs to the monastery of St. Paul. It consists of 37 cells and huts

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SKETE AGIOU PANTELEIMONOS

The skete of Agiou Panteleimonos lies near Karies and belongs to Koutloumousiou monastery.

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SKETE AGIOU DIMITRIOU

Lakkoskiti was built in the 18th century 280m above sea level. It belongs to Agiou Pavlou monastery.

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SKETE AGIAS TRIADOS

Three hours away from the monastery of Megisti Lavra and 100m above the sea level, lies the skete of Kafsokalivia.

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Celebrations

The Monasteries celebration according to the Julian calendar.

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