Athos: The Holy Mountain

As is our custom here at Monomakhos, we like to “go dark” beginning on Holy Tuesday. While we have no desire to present any news, your comments will continue to be posted and (on occasion) answered. [Editor’s note: the usual caveats regarding explosive news apply.]

The important thing, however, is for us to reorder our minds during his time. And in order to get you in the mood for the upcoming struggle during the Lord’s Passion, I kindly ask you to view this documentary on Mt Athos.

Pax vobiscum! I bid you all a blessed and glorious Easter!


Published on Feb 15, 2019

Mount Athos on a peninsula off the coast of Greece is one of Europe’s last remaining secrets: a monks’ republic. Access to women is strictly denied and in order to keep unwanted tourists out, visas are granted only to pilgrims and workers. For the first time, a filmmaker was given access to all forms of monastic life on the holy mountain.


  1. Fr. Deacon John says

    Great video and very nicely done. Courteous and professional. I have been to Mt Athos twice and have told my diakonissa that I plan on going back as often as I can. She says she is OK with that, so long as I keep coming home. LOL……. In my 2 trips I was with a group each time and we had several days there, staying as overnight guests for a few nights at Vatopadi Monastery. This video captures the essence of being a monk on the Holy Mountain and I thank you George for posting it and sharing it with your audience. I hope to be able to return to Mt Athos in the next year or so.