Mount Athos

Mount Athos or else Agio Oros is the spiritual center of Orthodoxy and a place where thousands of Orthodox believers gather. Mount Athos is the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki, the third ‘leg’, and It is famous for its green mountains, spectacular monasteries and unique spiritual aura that is ideal for meditation and reflection.
Before you enter the monastic community of Mount Athos region, you will find beautiful holiday resorts in villagesOuranoupoli and Tripiti,which have wonderful sandy beaches, crystal waters and breathtaking landscapes. No women are allowed to enter the peninsula of Agio Oros. The best way to discover it is by boat where you can sail around the coastlines and discover the old monasteries built on rocks and the stunning mountain of Athos.

Some of the most stunning and famous monasteries in Agio Oros, are the following :
Holy Monastery of Megisti Lavra, Holy Monastery of Vatopedion, Holy Monastery of Iviron, Holy Monastery of Hilandarion, Holy Monastery of Dionysos, Holy Monastery of Pantokrator, Holy Monastery of Zografos, Holy Monastery of Karakalos, Holy Monastery of Filotheos, Holy Monastery of Simon Petras, Holy Monastery of Agios Pavlos, Holy Monastery of Xenophon, Holy Monastery of Gregorios, Holy Monastery of Panteleimon.

It is easier to visit the west side of Agion Oros.
West side Monasteries:

  • Agias Annis Skiti
  • Nea Skiti
  • Holy Monastery of Aghiou Pavlou
  • Holy Monastery of Dionysiou or ‘Nea Petra’
  • Holy Monastery of Gregoriou
  • Holy Monastery of Simonopetra
  • Dafne port
  • Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou
  • Holy Monastery of Panteleimon or Rossikon (Russian)
  • Xenofontos Skiti
  • Holy Monastery of Xenofontos
  • Holy Monastery of Docheiariou
  • Arsanas (port of) Holy Monastery Zographou
  • Arsanas (port of) Holy Monastery of Chilandariou
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This post was written by Christoforos Karydis