This Mountain Has Been Home to Monks for 12 Centuries (Video)
Nestled on a Greek peninsula stands Mount Athos, a venerable sanctuary for Christian Orthodox adherents. For over twelve centuries, this remote haven has hosted monks in a timeless rhythm. Its seclusion, nestled within nature's embrace, defies easy access. Perched a hundred feet above the sea, cabins on the southern cliffs paint an awe-inspiring picture. Here, monks forge an existence devoted to unwavering prayer, complemented by self-sufficiency. Cultivating crops, making wine, and tending to practical tasks constitute their days.
They sell what they don’t keep for themselves to support their lifestyle, specializing in creating beautiful handmade products. Mount Athos attracts increasing numbers of pilgrims and aspirants annually, upholding its revered status. While the communal lifestyle might appear outdated to outsiders, it offers tranquil respite for monks, enveloped in spiritual heritage, in this sacred abode that endures through time.
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Top image: Sunset view of the Simonopetra (Greek for "Simon's Rock") Monastery, on the southern coast of the Athos peninsula. Source: Athanasios Serafeim distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu / CC BY 3.0