Mount Athos

"Athos Digital Heritage" Makes Mount Athos Treasures Accessible to All

Mount Athos' religious and cultural treasures can now be accessed by people all over the world through the Athos Digital Heritage platform, after the finalization of the OTE Group project. The "Athonite Digital Ark" project took four years to complete...

Monk Who Brought Mount Athos Cuisine to the World Passes Away

Father Epiphanios of Mylopotamos, the monk who first brought Mount Athos cuisine to the world, passed away on Friday morning at the age of 64, after a long battle with cancer. The author of the book "The Cuisine of Holy Mount...

Series of Tremors Rock Mount Athos

A series of earthquakes ranging from 4.2 to 5.2 points on the Richter scale shook monasteries on Mount Athos over the past 24 hours. Over 30 tremors are recorded so far, making the clergy worry. Yet, seismologists seem assured that...

Autonomous Polity of Mt. Athos Extends Lockdown Until April 20

The monastic community and autonomous region of Mount Athos announced on Wednesday that it will extend its ban on all visitors, including religious pilgrims, until April 20. This decision of Karyes, the seat of the Athonite monastic state, came as...

Coronavirus: Mount Athos Shuts Down to Visitors To Shield Health of Monks

The all-male monastic autonomous polity of Mount Athos announced on Thursday it will not be receiving any further visitors or pilgrims until March 30, 2020 as part of measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The Orthodox Christian monastic community comprises...

Saint Nicholas of Porto Lagos, Greece's Unique ''Floating Monastery"

The monastery of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) in Porto Lagos, Xanthi in Thrace is a unique religious monument, not simply because of its location but also due to the serenity and beauty which surround it. The small monastery, which is...

The Three Gifts of the Magi: The Most Precious Relics on Mount Athos

Among the innumerable treasures and holy relics preserved at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos (in Greek Άγιον Όρος, meaning "Holy Mountain") the most precious, and invaluable to Greek Orthodoxy, are the Holy Gifts offered by...

Mystery on Mount Athos: Woman's Bones Discovered in Monastery

A group of scientists announced on Sunday in Thessaloniki that they had discovered bones "most certainly" belonging to a woman who was buried centuries ago at the cemetery of Pantokratoros Monastery on Mount Athos. The Greek "Holy Mountain" with its...

Who Was the Mystery Woman Who Broke the Female Ban on Mount Athos?

This 1903 photograph of a woman on Mount Athos, which was published in a Greek newspaper at that time, still remains a mystery, with some monks claiming that they believe the unknown female on the left was the Virgin Mary...

Mount Athos: A Monastic Community Where Time Stands Still (video)

Mount Athos, referred to in Greek as the "Holy Mountain", is one of the most important centers of the Christian Orthodox world. Home to twenty monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, it is governed as...