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PICT18021ac Mount Athos Orthodox Sacred Mountain
We bought a cruise from Oranopouli to this ewtreme point of the continent in the Egean Sea to see from the sea many of the isolated monateries famous all over the world; A curious cloud formation is visible on the top of the mountain making us think that Mt Athos is an active volcano but it is not and these clouds just a coincidence! From wikipedia: Mt Athos is a mountain of Northern Greece; Reaching a height of 6,670 ft (2,033 m), it occupies Aktí, a promontory of the Chalcidice Peninsula; It is the site of a semiautonomous republic of 20 monasteries and dependencies (skites); Organized monastic life began there in 963, when St. Athanasius the Athonite founded the first monastery; By 1400 there were 40 monasteries; Long regarded as the holy mountain of the Greek Orthodox Church, it was declared a theocratic republic in 1927; Its churches and libraries house a rich collection of Byzantine art and ancient and medieval manuscripts; Greece Macedonia Kalkidiki Akti Peninsula Mt Athos Self Ruling Religious District.
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