Agion Oros, also known as The garden of Virgin Mary, constitutes a self-governed part of the Greek State and it is politically under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, spiritually under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, while the administrative rule is in the hands of the 20 monasteries and it is practiced by the two superior bodies, the Holy Community (Iera Kinotita) and the Holly Administration (Iera Epistasia).

The garden of Virgin Mary is the only area in Greece, which is entirely dedicated to prayer and the worship of God. That’s why it is called Agion Oros (Holy Mountain). The monastic state of Agion Oros includes 20 “sovereign” monasteries, sketae, huts, cells, “kathismata” (seats) and “hermitages”. All the monasteries are coenobitic, i.e. with common liturgy and prayer, common housing, eating and work for the monks. Only men are permitted to enter in Agion Oros The rule, known as the “AVATON”, forbids access to Mount Athos by any female and is enforced by law.

Mount Athos, which overlooks the peninsula, is a huge conical mountain with a height of 2.033 meters. Its barren peak seems to be spearing the heaven and its verdant green slopes with the age old trees, create a sense of unique natural beauty in this enchanting area.

The natural landscapes of the peninsula are wonderful, the picturesque hills, the verdant green forests, the steep cliffs and the abundance of running waters. The unique architectural style of the monasteries, with its castle-like arrangement of the buildings, the impressive towers, the admirable bell towers, the carved wood or marble chancel screens, as well as the wonderful decor of excellent murals, holy icons and portable icons, make Agion Oros a living museum of art and history.

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