The ‘Holy Mountain,’ which is always off to women and children, is also a well-known artistic location.
The layout of the monastery had an impact as far away as Russia, and its painting school impacted the history of Orthodox art.
The high slopes of Mount Athos are interrupted by twenty magnificent monasteries and its auxiliary facilities, which are cloaked in gorgeous chestnut and other types of Mediterranean woodland.
The property encompasses the entire thin rocky strip of the easternmost of three peninsulas of Halkidiki that protrude into the Aegean Sea in northern Greece, covering an area of little more than 33,000 hectares.
Skites, kellia, and kathismata (monk-run housing units) are among the auxiliary institutions, where farming is a significant part of the monks’ daily lives.
Everyday there are cruises around Mount Athos. More information and tickets you can found here.
UNESCO World Heritage (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/454)