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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

By: Anna Norris on March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Simonopetra Monastery

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Mount Athos

The Simonopetra Monastery is one of 20 Eastern Orthodox Monasteries on the "Holy Mountain" in Greece. Both a mountain and a peninsula amid the Aegean Sea, Mount Athos is a World Heritage Site. It's only accessible via ferry, and you can only visit if you are a man and you get a permit first — according to a rule established in 1046 that's still in effect. Simonopetra Monastery was built in the 13th century and is dedicated to Jesus' Nativity.