Saturday, May 14, 2011

GREECE - Mount Athos

"An Orthodox spiritual centre since 1054, Mount Athos has enjoyed an autonomous statute since Byzantine times. The 'Holy Mountain', which is forbidden to women and children, is also a recognized artistic site. The layout of the monasteries (about 20 of which are presently inhabited by some 1,400 monks) had an influence as far afield as Russia, and its school of painting influenced the history of Orthodox art." -

Esfigmenos Monastery

"Mount Athos is a self-governed monastic state within Greece!
It has a cluster of 20 monasteries and only male members
of the Orthodox Church are allowed to enter intoMount Athos.", shares Helen.
Thank you so much Helen for this great card!

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