It may surprise some people, but I do in fact have interests outside
I've just been collecting links on the centre of Orthodox Christianity,
Mount Athos, so thought I'd share them here before turning them into a page
for the new website... There are still Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian and
Serbian Orthodox monasteries on the Holy Mountain.
Excellent introduction to Mt Athos from Ouranopoli.com. Note the discreet
links at the top of the page!
A well thought out set of pages on a website dedicated to "Orthodoxy
through Patristic, Monastic
& Liturgical Studies". Includes information on how to arrange a pilgrimage
to the Holy Mountain,
and contact numbers for the monastic guest houses (!), an account by a
and an in-depth history that is in the process of being put online. The
links page is excellent.
(Interestingly, the description of the pilgrimage includes a phrase which I
had predicted would,
turn up, simply because everyone who walks on the Holy Mountain seems to
use it so naturally -
the description of those leaving as "headed back into the world"...).
Archived webpages of the "Treasures of Mt Athos" Exhibition - the only
occasion on which the
authorities of the Holy Mountain have allowed artworks to be displayed in
the Outside World.
Includes exhibition catalogue!
Macedonian Press Agency's equivalent site on the exhibition
A virtual tour in Greek or English by Babis E. Mavridis - more images than
possibly hope for as well as sound clips! An absolute must for those with a
Hellenic Ministry of Culture website on the Holy Mountain, with clickable
A serviceable introduction to Athos, its history and architecture, also
with some good
Website of the international Friends of Mount Athos organisation. Includes
a "pilgrim's guide",
news, information etc.
A touristy piece - although tourism is not an acceptable reason for
applying to visit Athos.
Includes a selection of pictures from what seem to be the usual range.
""This website aims to give you a sense of what it is actually like to be
walking on Mount
Athos, and thus to complement the other information available about the
on other websites and in guideooks and other publications. The core ... is
a journey made
by 3 Englishmen in the summer of 2001"". Nuff said.
For the record... UNESCO's short acknowledgement of the Holy Mountain's
on the World Heritage List.
Useful "getting there" information
The previously well known pages at the Democratic University of Thrace seem
to have vapourised....
Alastair Millar, BSc(Hons)
Consultancy and translation for the heritage industry
P.O.Box 685, CZ 111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic