Mount Athos

Far away from the rest of Macedonia and the whole world as well, there is a natural and spiritual paradise with a special glory and magnificence, namely the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki, Mount Athos (Agion Oros), the bay of ancient Greeks or as monks put it, the “land of Virgin Mary”. It is a religious community with historical monasteries, cells in caves or between the rocks, towers, domes, belfries, chants, etc. Mount Athos is a big temple under the sky; it is the main carrier of Orthodox Christianity. Today Athos includes 20 monasteries, 12 skites, and about 700 houses, cells or hermitages. It is listed in Unesco's World Heritage Monuments.

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Monastery of Iviron

The Monastery Iviron is built on the coast, in a picturesque area in the middle of the eastern coast of Mount Athos.

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Monastery of Megistis Lavras

Megisti Lavra is the most ancient, first in order and biggest monastery of all. It was founded in 963 by the monk Athanasios Athonitis with the financial support of the emperors Nikiphoros Phokas and Ioannis Tsimiskis.

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Monastery of Simonos Petra

The legendary Monastery Simonos Petra or Simonopetra is an extremely imposing seven-floored building, situated on a bluff cliff of the southwestern side of Athos.

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Monastery of Agios Panteleimon

The Monastery of Agios Panteleimon, also known as a Russian monastery, is built next to the sea, in the middle of the western coast of Mount Athos.

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Monastery of Philotheou

The Monastery Philotheou is built on the location of an ancient Asclipiion, in a picturesque plain in the eastern part of Athos, nearly one hour away from the harbour (arsanas).

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Monastery of Vatopediou

Vatopediou is a big monastery, built like a fortress on the beach, which is situated in the middle of the eastern coast of Athos. The monastery was founded in the 10th century by Athanasios Athonitis’ students.

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Monastery of Dionysiou

The Monastery Dionysiou (14th century) stands on a bluff cliff in a deep wooded ravine at the western coast of Athos.

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Monastery of Xenophontos

The Monastery Xenophontos is built in the middle of the western side of Athos peninsula by the coast. Agios Xenophon founded it in the 10th century.

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Monastery of Agios Pavlos

The Monastery of Agios Pavlos is the most southern church of the ten monasteries of the western side of Athos peninsula, built in a short distance from the sea.

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Monastery of Dohiariou

The Monastery Dohiariou is located in the most northern offshore area of the western side of the Athos peninsula.

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Monastery of Xiropotamou

The Monastery Xiropotamou is built in a small plain, in the middle of the southwestern side of Athos, in a beautiful area close to Daphni.

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Monastery of Pantocrator

The Monastery Pantokrator is situated in a rocky cliff by the sea, in the middle of the eastern coasts of Athos peninsula.

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Monastery of Gregoriou

The Monastery Gregoriou is an imposing building above the offshore rocks of the southwestern side of Athos, a wonderful area between Simonos Petra and the Monastery Dionysiou.

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Monastery of Karakallou

The Monastery Karakalou, with a high and imposing tower, is located in the southeastern side of Athos peninsula, in a picturesque area with view over the Aegean Sea.

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Monastery of Stavronikita

The Monastery Stavronikita is a high, imposing building with a high tower, as its guard, situated in the middle of the eastern side of Athos peninsula, with a nice view over the Aegean Sea.

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Monastery of Karakallou

Close to Karyes in the northeastern wooded area of Athos, is located the Monastery

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Monastery of Esphigmenou

The Monastery Esphigmenou is built in a bay of the northeastern side of Athos peninsula, right on the shore. In this monastery disembarked the leader of the Macedonian Revolution of 1821, Emanuel Papas.

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Monastery of Helandariou

The Monastery Helandriou is located in the northern part of Mount Athos. It is like a fortress far away from the sea, surrounded by tall trees.

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Monastery of Konstamonitou

The Monastery Konstamonitou is situated in the northern part of Mount Athos, in an extremely wooded area with unique natural beauty, almost one hour on foot from the sea.

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Monastery of Zographou

The Monastery Zographou is the northern part of the ten monasteries of the western side of Athos peninsula. It is a wooded area, nearly one hour walk from the sea.

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Skete of Profitis Elias

Profiti Elia Skete belongs to the Pantokratoros Monastery. It was built on a slope on the north-eastern side of the peninsula, at an altitude of 400 metres, with a view of the sea.

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Skete of Agios Andreas

Agiou Andrea Skete (St. Andrew) or Serrai, is located at an altitude of 350 metres, in the north-western region of the township of Karyes and belongs to the Vatopediou Monastery. Today it is inhabited by Greek monks.

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Mount Athos (mountain)

The peninsula of Athos, a total of 336 square kilometres in area, projects 40 kilometres into the Aegean Sea, its width ranging from 7 to 10 kilometres.

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Metochi Chromitsas

The Metochion of Chromitsa is located at the top of the peninsula, near Ouranoupolis, and belongs to the Agiou Panteleimonos Monastery.

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Skete of Agia Anna

Agia Anna Skete belongs to the Megisti Lavra Monastery. It is built on the western side of Athos, at the foot of the mountain, in a lush green valley extending from the sea right up to an altitude of 450 metres.

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Paliomonastiro

Paleomanastiro (old monastery) belongs belongs to the Agiou Panteleimonos Monastery and is located approximately one hour away from it, inside the forest, towards the township of Karyes.

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Katounakia Skete

Katounakia is located in a valley between Mikra Agia Anna and Karoulia, on a rugged and steep stretch of land.