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The visit of Russia's president Putin to Mount Athos

The visit of Russia's president Putin to Mount Athos

President's Putin first visit in Mount Athos, 2005

He was the first Russian leader to visit the male-only community, on a narrow, rocky peninsula east of Thessaloniki, Russian TV reported. The trip was part of Mr Putin's two-day visit to Greece.

Mr Putin arrived at the monastic harbour of Dafni on board a private yacht amid heavy security. He visited the Russian Orthodox Saint Panteleimon monastery - one of 20 at the site.

Mr Putin had had to call off two earlier attempts to visit Mount Athos, regarded as the European cradle of Orthodox Christianity, the main religion in Russia.

His plan to visit in 2004 had to be cancelled following the Beslan school siege. A previous attempt in 2001 was scrapped because of bad weather.

"This is a very special place for Orthodox Christians and the whole Christian world. In Russia, we always held the monks who lived here in great admiration and respect," he was quoted as saying.

Some 1,500 monks live in the semi-autonomous monastic community, which is also known as Holy Mountain. It houses Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, as well as Russian, monasteries and monks are entitled to Greek and European citizenship regardless of their country of origin.

Women - even many female domestic animals - have not been allowed on the mountain since a decree banning women was issued by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Monomachos in 1060.


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