The best picture for anyone who comes for the first time in Corfu is from the ship which, as if deliberately, comes in a slow pace to give you the opportunity to take a good look of the great medie
Church of the Protaton
The Church of Protatou, the oldest church on Mount Athos. The church is a three-aisled basilica, square in shape when viewed from above, with a raised middle roof. It was built approximately halfway through the 10th century by Ossios Athanasios the Athonite and was renovated at the start of the 14th century, during which time the renowned Thessalonian religious painter, Manuel Panselinos, painted religious themes on the church’s walls. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Mother of God and celebrates on 15 August each year.
Karyes, situated approximately in the middle of the peninsula at an altitude of 300 to 400 metres, is the capital of the Holy Mountain of Athos.
Close to Karyes in the northeastern wooded area of Athos, is located the Monastery
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.
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.
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.
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.