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The Holy Community of Mount Athos consists of twenty Monasteries and other monastic foundations. Mount Athos is the center of the Orthodox Christian monasticism where national monuments of a great historic, religious and cultural value on a global scale can be found. In 1988 the Holy Mountain has been listed in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List.

The entrance to Mount Athos is prohibited for women. This prohibition is based on spiritual virginity of the monks and their dedication to the Virgin Mary. This prohibition is called “avaton”, although this, as an establishing principle, in times of need has been bent several times in the past.

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