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Adventure - pirates - seagulls - dolphins - monks and as highlight the Mount Athos with it's over 1000 year old history and it's impressive monasteries.

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Monasteries

On the Holy Mount Athos, there are several monasteries, whose total number by the Typikon of 1783 and since 1924 is also by law set to 20. There are a further 12 Skites and various Kellie and hermitages.

The monasteries themselves have almost all the same basic architecture. Thus, the outer complexes are usually built like a fortress, often with towers, battlements and parapets. Thus they could defend themselfs in the past often - but unfortunately not always - successfully against pirate attacks. The structure of the monasteries is usually applied rectangular. The outer walls, the inner catholic courtyards, the monastery church, which always have a cross with a dome. In between each are the common rooms and monks' cells.

Those who have the intention to visit a monastery or even to stay there are well advised to first register by telephone. Because sometimes visitors don't fit the monks at certain times not at all, or the beds are already full.

Below are the monasteries, not alphabetically, but according to the typical list of the monastic republic hierarchical ranking of 1 to 20. This has existed since the 16th Century to today unchanged and was confirmed by the Typikon of 1783.

Moni Megistis Lavra

Greek Orthodox, Holiday: July 5

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Moni Karakalou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: June 29

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Moni Vatopediou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: March 25

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Moni Philotheo

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: March 25

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Moni Iviron

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: August 15

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Moni Simonos Petras

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: December 25

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Moni Chilandariou

Serbian Orthodox, Holiday: November 21

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Moni Agiou Pavlou

Greek-orthodox holiday: February 2

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Moni Dionysiou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: June 24

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Moni Stavronikita

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: December 6

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Moni Koutloumousiou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: August 6

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Moni Xenofondos

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: April 23

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Moni Pandokratoros

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: August 6

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Moni Osiou Grigoriou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: December 6

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Moni Xiropotamou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: March 9

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Moni Esfigmenou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: 40th day after Easter

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Moni Zografou

Bulgarian Orthodox, Holiday: April 23

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Moni Agiou Panteleimonos

Russian Orthodox, Holiday: July 27

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Moni Dochiariou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: November 8

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Moni Konstamonitou

Greek-orthodox, Holiday: December 27

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Skites

Some monks do not live in the monasteries, but in Skites. Skites are village-like monk settlements. In every house of those settlements live from 3 to 6 monks und/or novices. Every Skiti has it's own church or chapel and is lead by a prior, who is responsible at the mother-monastery.

Kellies

Even smaller then Skites are these single accomodations, in which live also at most 6 monks together. Although they are also subordinate to a monastery, they mostly can determine their own way of life.

Hermitage

Once many hermits or wandering monks, who lived a live of absolute asceticism in secluded huts or even caves, were on Athos. Such journeymen are today rather rare, but they existed in a not so small number.

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