Memorable trip to Mount Athos and the holy Agio Oros

The peninsula of Mount Athos, commonly known as the Holy Mountain or Virgin Mary’s Garden, is the spiritual capital of Orthodoxy and comprises of 20 monasteries, 12 skites and about 700 houses, cells or hermitages. It hosts approximately 2,000 monks and is listed in Unesco’s World Heritage Monuments. It can only cruised along the west coast by women, and men can visit it following the Protocol of the monastic state.

Monasteries are renowned for their Byzantine architecture and the invaluable treasures they keep such as Byzantine paintings, portable icons and books as well as mosaics and sculptures.