Άγιον Όρος

Greek language class ended today and now I’m headed to this place, accessible only by boat. I got a permit to enter as a pilgrim because of a cancelation on Sunday, which is some kind of miracle. Only men are allowed, because this self-governed monastic state is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and females of all species are kept off the entire peninsula. The 20 monasteries follow the Julian calendar (with a 13-day time difference) and most of them have been continuously operating for over 1,000 years. Hermits, caves, portable icons and home-made wine. I’ve been told to bring matches, since many of the monasteries don’t have electricity.

Back in Athens on Thursday.

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5 Comments

  1. this is most interesting.bracketing a significant part of the human experience.without which they would perish in one generation.not living amongst us but beside us?

  2. How do they keep the female mosquitos out? But, seriously, what a fantastic opportunity.

  3. The left hand of St Mary Magdalene is purported to be there. 2000+ years old. Hope you get to see “it”. #überrelic

  4. Wendy Richmond

    Oh you are worlds and worlds and worlds away…..

  5. will be waiting for you!
    we have a campaign to launch if you know what I mean
    besos
    yvonne

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