The striking images of Mount Athos in Greece where women and children are banned (and even female animals are forbidden)
Mount Athos in Greece is commonly known as the Holy Mountain due to the peninsula’s 20 monasteries and monks. Only males are allowed in the religious settlement, as has been the custom for more than a thousand years.
Fascinating pictures show bearded monks, priests and animals wandering along the colourful winding streets.
It’s a remote peninsula in northern Greece that millions believe to be the most sacred spot on Earth – but forget visiting if you are a woman or a child.
Even female animals are barred on Mount Athos in Greece, which is commonly known as the Holy Mountain due to the presence of the 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and the 2,000 monks that call it home.
The reason behind the male-only rule is down to a legend of the Virgin Mary being blown by a storm on a ship to the area, and converting its inhabitants. In a bid to solely focus on her, all other women were banned from the region.
History and tradition is strictly observed at the Orthodox Christian settlement, with the monks enjoying a way of life that has hardly changed in more than a thousand years.
The isolated – religious lifestyle!
The isolated lifestyle, with a compulsory eight hours in church a day, helps the religious inhabitants to be removed from everything apart from God, their rare books, ancient documents and religious artwork.
The fascinating photographs show black-robed, bearded monks, priests and the odd group of permission-granted pilgrims wandering around their pine-covered mountain haven that reaches 6,670 feet in height.
A photographer has captured a series of striking images of Mount Athos, Greece, a place where women and children are banned
History and tradition is strictly observed at the male-only settlement, with the monks enjoying a religious way of life that has hardly changed in more than a thousand years.
An elder Monk sits by the entrance to the Dochiariou monastery together with one of his dogs.
The city of Mount Athos is situated in the third and most beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki, called the peninsula of Athos.
An unattended horse wanders through the streets of Karyes Mount Athos. Along with woman and children, female animals are also banned from the mountain.
Mount Athos in Greece is commonly known as the Holy Mountain, mainly due to the presence of the 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and the 2,000 monks that call it home
The fascinating photographs show black-clad bearded monks and priests wandering around their pine-covered mountain haven
Not a typical tourist destination due to its difficult access!
It’s not a very typical tourist destination and it can be difficult to gain access to. Visitors have to abide by a dress code and rules include not smoking or playing music.
Majestic: A close-up of the decorated red and yellow Vatopedi church reveals a religious icon on the wall.
It is worth noticing that Esphigmenou monastery lacks central heating. Living the simple life, monks heat their rooms with wood stoves in the winter..