The Holy Mount Athos (Agion Oros) is the only Monk Republic in the world. Athos is inhabited solely by monks who still keep their religious traditional life since the Byzantine period which ended in the year 1453.
It is a place allowed only for men since it was decreed that "no smooth faced person" is permitted to violate its sanctity. It is an exclusive domain only of monks and hermits. The Holy State embarks on its mountainous hills many impressive monasteries, complemented by beautiful natural landscapes.
Mount Athos is a place of continuously devotion to the Orthodox religion with nowadays 20 monasteries and approximatelly 1.700 monks. Access to Mount Athos is from Ouranoupolis (City of Heaven).