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The monasteries at Mount Athos


Our Mystery Worshipper visits the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, in northeastern Greece, where only Orthodox men may attend services (non-Orthodox men may watch, but women are barred). Read how he was mesmerised by the Greek chants, only to be brought out of his trance by one of the monks responding – in French! And read also how he was literally pushed away from the after-service refreshments that only the Orthodox were allowed to enjoy. Then take a quick trip over to Florence, Arizona, USA, to a monastery founded by monks from Athos, and discover what our Mystery Worshipper there did with his MW Calling Card.

> Messily hierarchical: Monastery of Simonopetra, Mt Athos
> Pushed away at Holy and Great Lavra, Mt Athos
> Holy but weird: St Anthony’s Monastery, Florence, USA


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