This World Heritage Site is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic. Spiritually, Mount Athos comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

 

 

Greece, Mount Athos: Pilgrims Bureau in Thessalonika sells limited permits
Greece, Mount Athos: Pilgrims Bureau in Thessalonika sells limited permits per day for travel to Athos
Greece, Mount Athos: office in Thessalonika where we purchased our
Greece, Mount Athos: office in Thessalonika where we purchased our Athos permit
Greece, Mount Athos: a ferry boat is he only way
Greece, Mount Athos: a ferry boat is he only way for visitors to get to the Athos peninsula
Greece, Mount Athos: monk waiting at the ferry landing
Greece, Mount Athos: monk waiting at the ferry landing
Greece, Mount Athos: ferry landing
Greece, Mount Athos: ferry landing
Greece, Mount Athos: view of the ferry port from above. This
Greece, Mount Athos: view of the ferry port from above. This World Heritage Site is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic. Spiritually, Mount Athos comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Greece, Mount Athos: huge monastery
Greece, Mount Athos: huge monastery
Greece, Mount Athos: monk arriving from mainland
Greece, Mount Athos: monk arriving from mainland
Greece, Mount Athos: main village on Athos
Greece, Mount Athos: main village on Athos
Greece, Mount Athos: village story
Greece, Mount Athos: village story
Greece, Mount Athos: path from one monastery to another
Greece, Mount Athos: path from one monastery to another
Greece, Mount Athos: St Andrew abbey
Greece, Mount Athos: St Andrew abbey
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery dormitory for guests
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery dormitory for guests
Greece: Mount Athos: morning alarm clock to awaken the Koutloumousiou
Greece: Mount Athos: morning alarm clock to awaken the Koutloumousiou monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery chapel entry
Greece: Mount Athos: Koutloumousiou monastery chapel entry
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the Aegean Sea
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the Aegean Sea
Greece: Mount Athos: walking to another monastery (we stayed in
Greece: Mount Athos: walking to another monastery (we stayed in two)
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery; some of these monasteries can
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery; some of these monasteries can accommodate hundreds if pilgrims
Greece: Mount Athos: monk at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: monk at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the Aegean Sea from Simonpeter
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the Aegean Sea from Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Michael outside Simonpeter monastery; slate-like stones on ground
Greece: Mount Athos: Michael outside Simonpeter monastery; slate-like stones on ground (not books)
Greece: Mount Athos: very rough steps at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: very rough steps at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: one of the resident monks at Simonpeter
Greece: Mount Athos: one of the resident monks at Simonpeter monastery (from New York)
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: young monk at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: young monk at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery (same monk)
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery (same monk)
Greece: Mount Athos: entering the chapel for mass at 6AM;
Greece: Mount Athos: entering the chapel for mass at 6AM; Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: sunset view over the Aegean Sea
Greece: Mount Athos: sunset view over the Aegean Sea
Greece: Mount Athos: monks and visitor at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: monks and visitor at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the sea from Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: view of the sea from Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery viewed from the departure port
Greece: Mount Athos: Simonpeter monastery viewed from the departure port (hundreds of steps down)
Greece: Mount Athos: ferry arriving at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: ferry arriving at Simonpeter monastery
Greece: Mount Athos: Richard awaiting ferry
Greece: Mount Athos: Richard awaiting ferry