Sunday, November 21, 2010

MOUNT ATHOS -- THE HOLY MOUNTAIN



Alert: This post replaced the identical one as to Mount  Athos -- The Holy Mountain because the video was deleted from You-Tube. I replaced it with this video, but the text (my comments) remain the same. The comments on the post itself could not be saved. The Follower is welcome to re-submit her comment to this post.


Mount Athos, also known as the " Holy Mountain" is located in the Halkidiki Peninsula in Northern Greece otherwise known as Macedonia. It is the home to 20 Christian Eastern Orthodox monasteries. There are numerous Sketes in addition to the monasteries. Homer mentions Mount Athos in his book, "The Iliad". In the 9th century the first of the 20 monasteries was built while hermits and monks inhabited in their Sketes ~~ which are huts ~~ on and inside the mountain for sometime before.


No women are allowed on the mountain. It requires special permit from the administration office in Thessaloniki to be a guest there. At the time I last visited there, the only location where there was electricity was at the capitol. No motorized vehicles, no roads. Only donkeys and trails from one monastery to another.




Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on the site.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Athos



Here are three photos I had taken of me on one or two of my trips. The first photo will be on the cover of my book.
Mount Athos, also known as the " Holy Mountain"  is located in the Halkidiki Peninsula in Northern Greece otherwise known as Macedonia. It is the home to 20 Christian Eastern Orthodox monasteries. There are numerous Sketes in addition to the monasteries. Homer mentions Mount Athos in his book, "The Iliad". In the 9th century the first of the 20 monasteries was built while hermits and monks inhabited in their Sketes ~~ which are huts ~~ on and inside the mountain for sometime before.


No women are allowed on the mountain. It requires special permit from the administration office in Thessaloniki to be a guest there. At the time I last visited there, the only location where there was electricity was at the capitol. No motorized vehicles, no roads. Only donkeys and trails from one monastery to another.


Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on the site.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Athos



I have been many times to Mount Athos and can say that I have had a number of spiritual experiences there including one which I feel was miraculous. On one of my trips I was (at the time did not realize) completely dehydrated. I was accompanied two two other travelers, my friends from the university I attended in Thessaloniki. I literately clasped from from exhaustion. We were climbing to the top of Athos at 6,000 feet plus. I prayed to the creator to either take me or save me at that moment. I somehow found the strength to get up and walked no more then a couple hundred yards where we came upon a stream and I immediately fell to the ground and started drinking from the stream and my body not only felt totally recovered but I has the energy of an athlete ready to run the Marathon. I ended up running to the next monastery.

Here are three photos I had taken of me on one or two of my trips. The first photo will be on the cover of my book.





I must point out that this video has most if not all the monasteries on the Holy Mountain.












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