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Athos:scetes, cells, huts, hermitages:
-- Nea skete Theotokos (Nea skiti Theotokou)--
Many of the monks live in hermitages and caves, devoid of the material pleasures. Such hermitages are Karoulia on the southern rugged cliffs of Athos, where the most severe monks live. Nowadays the monks are almost 2.000, Russians, Bulgarians, Serbs and Romanians included. The churches are decorated with magnificent murals painted by famous hagiographers such as Manuel Panselinos and Theofanis Creticos. The valuable treasures and relics include icons, unique manuscripts and holy shrines. The thousands of visitors are enchanted by the grandeur and they are filled with awe. The civil administration of Mt Athos comes under the responsibility of the Foreign Office. The access to Athos is achieved through Dafne, a small port. The disembarking at women is strictly forbidden. They are only allowed to sail round. Greeks can freely visit the area. The foreigners, though should show a reference of the embassy of their country as well as a special license given by the Greek Foreign Office. If somebody would like to stay in, he should have a special license given by the capital, that is, Karies.

In Dafne and Karies, there are also small hostels. Somebody can also stay in the monasteries. People more from the one to the other monastery on foot or by boats.

The monasteries are either idiorythmic or coenobium. In the former, each monk has his cell and takes after himself. In the latter the property is common. These monasteries are administrated by the abbot. Apart from the 20 monasteries, there are also 9 scetes, cells, huts, hermitages. All of them are subordinate to the monasteries. The number of monks in scetes (skites) is limited. Each scete is consisted of huts. Three monks live in each hut.

The cells (Kelia) are made up at a building and a church. Three monks also live in each cell. They support themselves on the cultivation of the land and hand-work.

The huts are a kind of commune scete (skiti).

There are also some separate huts. The hermitages are found on cliffs or caves. The hermit spends his whole life there and maintains himself on what the other monks bring to him. It is obvious that a hermit's life is the most severe of the monastic life. Most hermitages are in the south side of the peninsula.
* see my WS1+2 As this is Nea skiti (Theotokou)
here WS1 a details of scete
here WS2 antother detail

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