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"By a special privilege, the head of the monastery of St. Catherine (left) built by Emperor Justinian I in the sixth century near the spot where Moses is said to have received the Tablets of the Law, enjoys the rank of an archbishopric, and the monastery has the status of an autonomous church. The archbishop-abbot is elected by the chapter of monks but receives episcopal consecration at the hands of the Patriarch of Jerusalem. He only has jurisdiction over the monastery and the Bedouins who live in the neighborhood. The Archbishop of Sinai generally resides at the metochion (priory) of his monastery in Cairo. The monastery of Sinai possesses a very rich library of ancient Greek, Georgian, and Slavic manuscripts, and an interesting collection of icons." -- The Orthodox Church: Its Past and Its Role in the World Today by Fr. John Meyendorff

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Athos: the Holy Mountain

Mt. Athos is the center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a treasury which houses and guards many artifacts and monuments of religious, national and artistic value. It is also a ‘workshop’ where religious arts and crafts are still practiced to this day, and where deep and genuine spirituality is allowed to flourish and bear fruit. As an institution Mount Athos is, and has been, the chief standard bearer of Orthodox Christianity.

Books about The Holy Mountain

Mt. Athos: the Holy Mountain - This site, which is written entirely in English, not only presents the monasteries and sketae of Mount Athos, but also offers detailed information to prospective visitors. Site developers promise expanded information in coming months. The site is a special feature of Macedonian Heritage, an online review of Macedonian affairs, history and culture.

An Introduction to Mount Athos - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Mt. Athos - The Agion Oros - Holy Mountain. This site  was produced by an interested individual in both English and Greek. (A link for Greek fonts is available on the opening page.) The description of Mt. Athos in the column at left is taken from the home page.

Mt. Athos: Monastic Life, History, Administration - This site, in English, is maintained by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece.

Friends of Mount Athos - Information on pilgrimages, and other interesting stuff about the Holy Mountain. The site is maintained for the Friends of Mount Athos by Robert W. Allison, North American secretary, The Friends of Mount Athos, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 .

The Mount Athos Greek Manuscripts Catalog - The Philotheou Monastery Project, a division of the Mount Athos Greek Manuscripts Catalog Project of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece. The Philotheou Monastery Project is located at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, which maintains the web site.


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Monasteries and Convents Worldwide

Books about Orthodox Monasteries

All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Monastery - Vashon Island, WA. Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Coffees and teas by e-commerce.

Birth of the Theotokos Monastery - Levadia, Greece - English and Greek.

Bulgarian Monasteries - Chrysoskalitissa Monastery (Elafonissi, Topolia, Crete, Greece) Site 1

Convent of Saint Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia - Etna, CA. The convent is a dependency of the Holy Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Fili, Greece.

Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery - Rives Junction, MI - Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America.

Hermitage of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Huntington, WV - The hermitage is an English speaking monastery for men under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The monastery is a dependency of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. 

Holy Monastery of St. Gregory Palamas - Hayesville, OH. Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery - Otego, NY - A monastic community for women on the New York/New Jersey Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America. This link opens the nun’s online catalog.

Kyiv-Pechersk Monastery - The first monastery in the Russian city where Orthodoxy was established in 988. Tour the caves of this active facility.

Monasteries of Suzdal - Suzdal is a small town in Russia, in the Golden Ring area north of Moscow near the town of Vladimir.

Monastery of the Glorious Ascension - Resaca, GA - Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Monastery of St. Andrew the First Called - Manchester, England.

Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco - Point Reyes Station, CA  - Founded by +TIKHON, Bishop of the Diocese of San Francisco and the West, Orthodox Church in America.

Monastery on Solovki Island - A virtual tour of the monastery located on an island in Russia’s White Sea.

Monastery of Toplou - Crete - It is an historical monastery of the 15th century. From the Hellenic Ministry of Culture web site in Greece.

Monastic Brotherhood of St. Theodore the Studite - Galion OH - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

New Ostrog Monastery - British Columbia, Canada - Orthodox Church in America.

Orthodox Monasteries: A Worldwide Directory

Orthodox Monasteries of North America

Orthodox Monastery of St Tikhon of Zadonsk - South Canaan, PA. - Orthodox Church in America. St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery - Tripoli, Lebanon  - Church of Antioch.

Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery - Ocala, FL - Green Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Presentation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Monastery - Canton, OH - Orthodox Church in America.

Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou - Astoria, Queens, New York City - Under the Church of Constantinople (Ecumenical Patriarchate).

Sacred Monastery of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Thebes Boeotia, Greece-Holy Metropolis of Thevai and Levadeia, Church of Greece.

Saints Mary and Martha Monastery - Wagener, SC - Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America.

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery - Florence, AZ. This is one of 16 monasteries in the United States founded by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. A list with map of the other 15 monasteries is located here.

St. Catherine's Monastery - Egypt. Built on the site of the burning bush at the base of Mount Sinai.

Saint Edward the Martyr Orthodox Brotherhood - Surrey, England - Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

St. Gregory Palamas Monastery - Hayesville, OH - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery - Richmond, CA - Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America.

St. Hilarion Monastery - Austin, TX. - Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of
Western Europe and the Americas, Archdiocese of Texas and the Western United States.

St. Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Monastery - Astoria, Queens, NY. Under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Isaac of Syria Skete - Boscobel, WI - Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

St. Nicetas Monastery - Russian monastery in Pereslavl, Israel.

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Monastery - Cleveland, OH - A monastic community for women in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Valamo Monastery - Finland.

Visoki Decani Serbian Orthodox Monastery - Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizen.

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Articles About Orthodox Monasticism

Inner Light Productions - Photos of monks and monasteries of Eastern Orthodox and Coptic churches.

Meteora - A Traveler's Guide.

Monastic Studies - Academic page on Christian monasticism. It favors the west, but also includes Eastern Orthodox links, some representing the common heritage of the undivided Church, and some sites dealing with Celtic monasticism.

Monasticism in the Orthodox Church - By the Rt. Rev. Maximos E. Aghiorgoussis, Th.D., Bishop of Pittsburgh, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Monasticism - Articles from the online pages of Christian History, Issue 64, a publication of Christianity Today.


The Best There Ever Was - Modern Christian hermits still look to him for inspiration, as did the entire Middle Ages. What did the illiterate recluse, known as Antony of the Desert, do to earn such adulation?
The Life Changing Life of Antony - St. Athanasius' biography was not only a bestseller in its day,  but a book that made people stop and think—and act. 
Exorcising the Desert -
The stories of desert fathers' skirmishes with demons pointed to a larger struggle—and victory.
Alone in the Desert? -
Why thousands of early Christians took up the monastic way, and what their life was really like. 
Diet for a Large Soul -
What monks meant by ‘fasting,’ and what they ate when they didn't. 
Ascetic Agitators -
The early monks not only prayed in the desert but sometimes rioted in the cities.
Worldly Monk -
Jerome was a disciplined ascetic who was on top of current affairs. 
Holy Land -
Sabas just wanted to pray where Christ had lived and died but ended up establishing the most famous monastery in the Judean Desert.
The Gallery: Getting Their Act Together -
Monasticism was more or less a solitary affair until these four came along and taught monks how to live in community.
Spiritual Pragmatists -
For the desert fathers, theology was not the study of God but the study of how to become like God.
Discovering The Desert Paradox -
A conversation with Belden Lane. What so many in the early church found after they abandoned their loved ones and sought God in a seemingly God-forsaken landscape. 

Orthodox Monasticism is Not a Cult - by Father Theologos Pantanizopoulos


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