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PICT18010ac Mt Athos Russian Style Monastery St Panteleimon
There are many monasteries at the base of the Orthodox Sacred Mountain visible from so far; They are only accessible afoot of by the sea; A visit or a stay is only possible by a previous agreement and only for men; I have been said that even the domestic animals present there were only males! From wikipedia: The Russian Orthodox monastery of St Panteleimon is built on the south-west side of the peninsula of Mt. Athos; The monastery was built at its current site in 1765, while the original building dates back to the beginning of the eleventh century; The construction of the present monastery was carried out during the first two decades of the nineteenth century, with the financial help of the ruler of Moldo-Wallachia, Skarlatos Kallimaches; Russian monks numbered 1,000 in 1895 and 1,446 in 1903; Today, due to a great decrease in monastic vocations, only 35 monks live in the monastery; It occupies the nineteenth rank in the hierarchical order of the twenty Athonite monasteries; It is coenobitic (i.e. it is a communal monastic life); It also contains four sketes; The monastery features the architecture of a small town, with buildings of various heights and many domes; Although destroyed by a recent fire (1968) one wing of the monastery was used as the guest quarters, with a capacity for 1,000 monks; The monastery's katholikon ( or monastery church) was built between 1812-1821 and is dedicated to St. Panteleimon; It features the same style found in all the Athonite churches; Aside from the katholikon, the monastery has many smaller chapels; The Library is housed is a separate building in the monastery's court; It contains 1,320 Greek manuscripts and another 600 Slavonic ones, as well as 25,000 printed books; Greece Macedonia Kalkidiki Akti Peninsula Mt Athos Self Ruling Religious District.