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Mount Athos - the Holy Mountain
is a mountainous peninsula in northern Greece. It is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms an autonomous state under Greek sovereignty. Only monks are allowed to live on Athos and the current population numbers around 1,400.

A monastic community

Mt. Athos as a monastic community was formally founded in 963, when the monk Athanasios established the monastery of Great Lavra on the south-eastern end of the Athos Peninsula, which is still the largest and most prominent of the 20 monasteries

Cruises around Mt. Athos

Visits to the peninsula are possible for men who aren't monks or Greek Orthodox, but they need special permission in advance. Cruises around the peninsula are available to anyone, providing everybody a glimpse into the secluded life of the monks of Mt. Athos.

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