Faith

Sample Itinerary

Greece is a Christian Orthodox country with much for the traveller to see in terms of its religious past.  The Eastern Roman Empire, what became known as Byzantium, was the first empire to make Christianity its state religion.  As such, many of the Byzantine churches and monasteries have become an attraction for those interested in faith tourism.  The greatest of all these is that of Mount Athos.  Mount Athos is kind of like the Greek Vatican.  It is a state within a state.  However it does not occupy a small piece of land in the center of the capital, it actually has an entire peninsula under its sovereignty filled with wonderful examples of byzantine monastic and religious architecture and art.  The one catch is that the peninsula is only accessibly my men as all women are forbidden.  Crazy right!  Indeed.  Nevertheless, we offer helicopter and boat tours that give everyone the sense of holiness that one sees in these buildings.  The harmony that has been achieved between these monasteries and their natural surroundings should be a lesson for all architects!

The second most impressive Christian site is that of Meteora.  Now here the landscape is even more unique reminding many of the lunar rock formations of Cappadocia or Arizona.  Here on the top of monolithic boulders, the monks built monasteries that were originally only accessible by rope and basket.  Talk about good security.  Here both men and women are allowed to visit all monasteries and take in the history and beauty.

And don’t stop there with Paros and Patmos, two islands at the center of the rise of Christianity in Greece.  But even if you don’t make it to one of these destinations, you will be amazed on the number of churches you will see in every city and village of Greece.  Just take a step into one to get a sense of the mysticism that defines Orthodoxy.

Destinations:  Mt. Athos, Meteora, Patmos


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