Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

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Mount Athos, or Holy Mountain, 20 Orthodox monasteries, where about two thousand monks, so this place became the largest center of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians are concentrated in Greece. However, to get to Mount Athos is not easy. Men should adhere to a set of strict rules, and women, children, and even female animals on the mountain and not allowed.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Administrative region autonomous monastic state of the Holy Mountain in Greece. According to legend, one day during a storm to the coast of Mount Athos has beaten the ship, which sailed Virgin.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

In the settlement, consisting exclusively of men, strictly followed a long tradition. The way of life of the monks remained virtually unchanged for more than a millennium.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

An elderly monk sitting at the entrance to the monastery Docheiariou.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Mount Athos is situated on the eponymous peninsula which, in turn, is part of the larger Halkidiki peninsula.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

A horse wanders through the streets of Kare. Besides women and children, on the island there is no a female animal.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Mount Athos is also called the Holy Mountain. Here are the 20 Orthodox monasteries, which are home to nearly 2 thousand monks.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

The old boathouse on the shore of the bay near the Monastery of Vatopedi.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Streets Kare, the administrative center of Mount Athos, which became a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

The inner courtyard of the Monastery of Great Lavra.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

can often be found strolling monks and priests in the streets.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

To get to Mount Athos is not easy. Tourists must follow the dress code and abide by a list of rules, including non-smoking and include music.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

From Mount Athos height of 2033 meters offers breathtaking views of the sea.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Pilgrims and Orthodox monks float on the ferry to the peninsula of Mount Athos.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

A sign indicating the way to the monastery of Esphigmenou.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Young monks talk with the elderly near the monastery Docheiariou.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

The icon on the wall of church in the monastery of Vatopedi.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Pilgrims and monks prepared to go with the ferry on the shore of the Athos peninsula.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

The arrival of pilgrims in Kare, from where buses carry their monasteries throughout the peninsula.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

Old Mercedes in the picturesque courtyard of the monastery Great Lavra.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

In Esphigmenou monastery is no central heating. In winter, the monks heat their cell wood stoves.

Mount Athos in Greece - a place where you do not set foot woman

The fruit of the prickly pear is sometimes served at lunch pilgrims.