Saturday, August 28, 2004

Athos, Mount

Also called  Holy Mountain,  Modern Greek  Áthos Óros, or Áyion Óros,   mountain in northern Greece, site of a semiautonomous republic of Greek Orthodox monks inhabiting 20 monasteries and dependencies (skítes), some of which are larger than the parent monasteries. It occupies the easternmost of the three promontories of the Chalcidice (Khalkidhikí) Peninsula, which projects from Macedonia into the Aegean Sea. The Aktí promontory, 30 miles


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