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Dionysiou monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece in southwest part of Athos peninsula. The monastery ranks fifth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. It is one of the twenty self-governing monasteries in Athos, and it was dedicated to John the Baptist.
The monastery was founded in the 14th century by saint Denys de Korisos, and it was named after him.
The library of the monastery housed 804 manuscripts, and more than 4,000 printed books. The oldest manuscripts came from the 11th century.
Today the monastery has a community of around 50 monks.

To Will
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Mount Athos or, as it is also called, “Our Lady’s Garden” is one of the holy places of Orthodox Christianity, bringing together more than 20 monasteries, 12 sketes, and countless cells, which are home to about 2,000 (Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Serbs...) Orthodox monks, leading an ascetic life here, devoted exclusively to serving God. The access of women, as welll as minor children, is strictly forbidden on the Mount Athos, according to the “Abaton” (in Greek, “Άβατον” means “inaccessible”), written in 1045, and which provides that no other beings of feminine gender may be present in these places, except for chickens raised for eggs used in cooking and painting and cats, useful for catching mice.
Since the Mount Athos is Virgin Mary's garden, she is the only woman who is allowed to access this part of the world.

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