The Unique Monastic Republic of Mount Athos: A History of Exclusivity and Survival

TLDR Mount Athos, an autonomous monastic republic in Greece, has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Known for its Orthodox Christian monasteries, Mount Athos has maintained its exclusivity by prohibiting women and has survived through raids, Ottoman rule, and support from the Russian royal family.

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00:00 The monastic republic of Mount Athos in northern Greece is a unique area with a population of 2,400 male monks and no women allowed.
01:24 Mount Athos is known for being home to Orthodox Christian monasteries and has a rich history dating back to Greek mythology and ancient times.
02:43 Mount Athos became dedicated to Mary and was off-limits to women, and over time, it became a home for Orthodox Christian monks, with the number of monasteries growing and lay people being prohibited from the peninsula.
03:52 Mount Athos was raided by mercenaries in the 14th century and banned anyone from Catalonia for almost 700 years, but eventually came under Ottoman rule and the monasteries shifted to living like hermits to survive, and in the 19th century, the Russian royal family supported the resurgence of the peninsula.
05:05 Mount Athos, also known as Aegion Oros or the Holy Mountain, is an autonomous monastic republic with self-rule decreed by the Greek parliament, and is mostly exempt from control by the Greek government, with 20 monasteries run under the Cenobitic system and all non-Greek monks granted Greek citizenship.
06:17 Mount Athos, the autonomous monastic republic, follows the Julian calendar, has a long-standing prohibition on women, and has had a few instances of women being allowed on the mountain in the past.
07:28 In 2008, a boat with Moldovan migrants arrived on the shore of Mount Athos, and despite the ban on women, they were forgiven and notified of the rules.
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