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ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΑΙΔΕΙΑΣ, ΕΡΕΥΝΑΣ & ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΜΑΤΩΝ 
ΠΕΡΙΦΕΡΕΙΑΚΗ Δ/ΝΣΗ Α/ΘΜΙΑΣ & Β/ΘΜΙΑΣ ΕΚΠ/ΣΗΣ ΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΗΣ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑΣ
“Zygos” Monastery, a stone’s throw from the Holy Mount. Athos
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( Two-day, three-day, four-day programme )

 

“Ark of Orthodoxy”, “Orchard of the Virgin Mary” and “Holy Mountain” are some of the appellations of the monastic state of 20 monasteries, sketes and monk cells that acts and prospers in the Athos peninsula. Appellations that are denotative of the harmony between natural and supernatural. This orchard is the result of a balanced and competition free relationship of man with the environment. The sun rise underlines the sanctity of a place which has been purified through daily practice and prayer unremittingly for over 1000 years.

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The imposing Mount. Athos supervises everything around it from the elevation of 2033m. The natural geographic seclusion of the Athos peninsula, the sharp relief of its morphology, the differences in the altitude as well as climatic changes create a one-of-a-kind mosaic of ecosystems.

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Through the programme “‘Zygos’ Monastery, a stone’s throw from the Holy Mount. Athos” students are acquainted with the monastic state and the balanced relationship of the monks with the natural environment.

 

Aims

The aims that this programme pursues are that the students:

  • get to know the special geomorphology of the Athos peninsula
  • ν discover the harmonious co-existence of monks and the natural environment
  • understand the value of tradition, relics and treasures of the Holy Mountain
  • realize the difficulties and values of monastic life

 

The programme entails:

  • a theoretical approach of the natural environment of the Holy Mountain, of traditional architecture, traditions, relics and other treasures
  • programme materialization on the field with visits and briefings at “Zygos” Monastery and the Tower of Ouranoupolis
  • a guided tour in the area of Northeast Chalkidiki
  • visits to historical sites and archaeological monuments
  • expression trough plastic arts with attempts of religious painting on pre-selected sketches

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Ευρωπαϊκή Κάρτα Νέωνespa-2014-2020