Mount Athos, the ‘Holy Mountain’ of Orthodox Christianity

Mount Athos or Agion Oros, as it is locally known, is the oldest surviving monastic community in the world. It dates to the lead happening happening more than a thousand years, to Byzantine era. It is a unique monastic republic, which, although portion of Greece, it is governed by its own local administration.

It occupies the best portion of the Athos peninsula in Halkidiki. It consists of a range which runs south-east for thirty miles from Xerxes' Canal, where Xerxes the Persian King clip a canal across the peninsula for his ships to calculation together together. A rugged, sea-battered peninsula 56 kilometers long. Two kilometers wide at the canal, it broadens to eight, gone a long assertion-bone rising into peaks of vis--vis five hundred, six hundred, six hundred and fifty, eight hundred and fifty and a thousand meters. Finally the imposing marble summit of Athos itself, 2,039 meters high, 6,670 feet of grey-white crystalline limestone. Its snow-capped top is usually crowned by white clouds, an awesome sight to see.

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