This photo of Mt Athos was taken from the small island of Ammouliani, which was given to refugees from Asia Minor in 1925 (population now approx 500). Photograph by Heather Spencer. From Wikipedia Mount Athos is commonly referred to in Greek as the “Holy Mountain” and the entity as the “Athonite State” Other languages of Orthodox tradition also use names translating to “Holy Mountain” In the classical era, while the mountain was called Athos, the peninsula was known as Acté or Akté. Mount Athos has been inhabited since ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other countries, including Eastern Orthodox countries such as Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world. The Athonite monasteries feature a rich collection of well-preserved artifacts, rare books, ancient documents, and artworks of immense historical value, and Mount Athos has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1988. Although Mount Athos is technically part of the European Union like the rest of Greece, the status of the Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, and the jurisdiction of the Athonite institutions, were expressly described and ratified upon admission of Greece to the European Community (precursor to the EU). The free movement of people and goods in its territory is prohibited, unless formal permission is granted by the Monastic State’s authorities, and only males are allowed to enter.
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You can find this image and all previous images at our Photo Gallery. I need some more of your images please send them to me for inclusion in this regular post. If you can add a short description with the image all the better. Regards, Nick