Mt. Athos, Greece

In the Chalkidiki region of Northern Greece, the 6670-foot Mt. Athos looms near the tip of the northern most of three tentacle-like peninsulas. Across an area of about 130 square miles, twenty monasteries adorn the base of the mountain, cradled in the arms of plunging valleys, draped over rocky outcrops, sprawled across tawny beaches, and terraced into the shear mountain face. Hundreds of associated buildings tuck into nooks and crannies – dwellings and workshops for small communities of monks, their community churches, and hermit hovels. Continue reading