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An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

My Trek To A Holy Mountain

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Visiting the monastery of Vatopedi I saw the sea sweep right up to its gates... I'll never forget standing there in a rare moment following sunset just when darkness is about to fall.

Should Women Be Allowed On Holy Mount Athos?

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 09.11.2011 | Religion
Sasa Milosevic

For more than 1,000 years, in respect of a monastic tradition separating the sexes to allow them to focus on their spiritual tasks, women have been banned from Mount Athos. Time may no longer be on their side.