Pictures taken by Dimitri Bertsekas.
The monasteries of Agion Oros (Mt Athos), in northern Greece, form the largest
center of monasticism in the world. Meteora monasteries, in central Greece, are perched on
uniquely majestic rock formations. Greek islands have many beautiful monasteries. The island of Chios was an important center of monasticism during the period of Turkish rule (1453-1821), and had 68 monasteries (most are presently inactive). Crete has many important monasteries and a religious history that is intertwined with the struggles of the island against invaders and occupiers.
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