Wednesday, 8 July 2015

MOUNT ATHOS ( Αὐτόνομη Μοναστικὴ Πολιτεία Ἁγίου Ὄρους )

Mount Athos ( Greek: Όρος ΆθωςΟros Αthos) is a mountain and peninsula in Northern Greece. A World Heritage Site and autonomous polity within the Hellenic Republic under the official name Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain (Greek: Αὐτόνομη Μοναστικὴ Πολιτεία Ἁγίου Ὄρους, Aftonomi Monastiki Politia Agiou Orous), Mount Athos is home to 20 stauropegial Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Mount Athos is commonly referred to as the "Holy Mountain" (Greek: Ἅγιον Ὄρος, Agion Oros ) and the entity as the "Athonite State" (Greek: Αθωνική Πολιτεία, Athoniki Politia). In the Classical era, while the mountain was called Athos, the peninsula was known as Acté or Akté (Ἀκτὴ).
Mount Athos has been inhabited since the ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other Eastern Orthodox countries, such as Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world. The Athonite monasteries feature a rich collection of well-preserved artifacts, rare books, ancient documents, and art works of immense historical value.

This is my first cover from the special and rarest place called Mount Athos, an Autonomous region in Greece. This is a mountainous Island and part of Greece and European Union, but free movement of goods and people are restricted. They have own postal system and stamps but currency is Euro/Greek Currency. My good friend Radim from Czech republic helped me to send back these beautiful covers to me by the  help of a Monk. The covers posted on June 29,2015 and I received them on July 03, 2015. I had prepared and gave total four covers, two with enough postage for Registered covers and two for normal. The sender done it well with perfect postmark and registered barcode label placed on right place. Thank You very much Radim for the big help!

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