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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Konstamonitou-Monastery

Monastery Konstamonitou

The Konstamonitou monastery it is built in a forest ,200 meters above the sea level,50 minutes walk from the coast.

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Monastery-Stavronikita

Monastery Stavronikita

It is one of the smallest monasteries of the Holy Mountain following however the traditional architecture, with the Katholicon in the middle.

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Monastery-Megistis-Lavras

Monastery Megistis Lavras

During the ten centuries of its existence, the monastery has always held the first place among the other monasteries of the Holy Mountain

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Monastery-Dionisiou

Monastery Agios Dionisiou

It was built in the middle 14th century by the monk Dionysious of Koryssos in the Kastoria precinct, with the financial support of the emperor Alexius III Comnenos of Trapezous

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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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katounakia

KATOUNAKIA

Katounakia is a hermit’s area and it lies between Mikri Agia Anna Skite and Karoulia. There are 22 hermitages with 35 monks.

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skiti agiou andrea

SKETE AGIOU ANDREA

It is also called Seragi. It is built in the position of an old monastery witch was called “monastery of Xistri or Xestrou”.

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skiti timiou prodromou iviritiki

SKETE TIMIOU PRODROMOU OR IBERIAN

One hour away from Iviron monastery and 200m above the sea level, lies the Greek Skete of Timiou Prodromou.

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karoulia

KAROULIA

Karoulia is the main area of the hermits and belongs to Megisti Lavra monastery. The hermits live in huts and caves.

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Celebrations

The Monasteries celebration according to the Julian calendar.

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