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Mount Athos

Athos_4.jpg In Mount Athos, a self-governed monastic province of Greece, the beard will never go out of style. Since the 11th century, women, beardless boys (basically no one under 18), and female domestic animals (except for chickens) have been barred from the peninsula. There are now 20 monasteries.

The part I like most about Mount Athos? It's ruled by a special governor appointed by the Greek government and a council made up of members of the various monasteries. That one non-religious political figure gets the title “Governor of the Holy Mountain.” How sweet is that?

Friends of Mount Athos
An Informative site on Mount Athos

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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