Mount Athos, Our Lady’s Garden
An elegant and comprehensive book with useful brief information on Mount Athos and its holy monasteries. It offers a tour of the monastic city of Athos through rich photographic material.
This book offers an interesting tour of Mount Athos, Our Lady’s Garden. Through its rich photographic material and its comprehensive texts, the reader learns useful information about each of the 20 monasteries of Mount Athos.
The holy monasteries of Mount Athos are presented in their hierarchy. The number of monasteries remains constant. According to the Mount Athos Charter, it is prohibited for a twenty- first monastery to be founded. Should the number of monks increase to such an extent that space within the monasteries becomes a rarity, then the monks dwell in sketes and cells.
Mount Athos covers an expanse of approximately 360 square kilometers. Tradition has it that Mount Athos was conceded as a garden to the Virgin Mary when she disembarked at Athos during a sea voyage to Cyprus and she asked her Son, our Lord, to make her a gift of it.
Monasticism in Athos is a tradition with a history that goes beyond the millennium. Of all monastic communities in the history of the Orthodox Church, only the Athonite one still survives, constituting the forefront of Eastern Christianity.
Mount Athos, Our Lady’s Garden- Contents
In this book we find the following section headings containing:
-Mount Athos, Our Lady’s Garden
-Monastic Life on Mount Athos
-Mount Athos Today
-The Mount Athos Administration
-Karyes: The seat of Mount Athos
-Megiste Lavra Monastery
-Monastery of Simonos Petra
-Aghiou Pavlou Monastery
-Aghiou Panteleymon Monastery
-Visiting the Monasteries
The book is available in Greek, English, Russian and Serbian language