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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mount Athos: The monks' republic - Documenatry VIDEO (English subtitles)

        
A top a rocky peninsula in Greece sits a sacred community populated exclusively by monks since the ninth century.
Mount Athos has endured the passage of time and the turmoil of history, emerging today as a mystical sanctuary of peace and spirituality. Now, the Holy Mountain hosts about 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries counting over 2,000 men who have given up the worldly life to dedicate their existence to the contemplation of God. They form a self-governed state under the Hellenic Republic and a self-sustainable population that cultivates the natural resources of the land with great care.

The monastic republic continues to honour its venerable heritage, forbidding the entrance of women amongst other strict rules. Such diligence has also allowed the preservation of amazing ancient treasures, from precious manuscripts to rare art pieces and opulent relics inaccessible to the outside world. For the first time, cameras are allowed in the mysterious community of Mount Athos. Delve into a unique place of beauty and timelessness that has been the witness to the great spiritual adventures of generations after generations of exceptionally devoted men....

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