Twenty abbeys were built on the holy mountain and 1,700 monks live there. There is a Russian, Bulgarian and a Serbian monastery. The rest are Greek. Besides its religious significance, Mt. Athos is also a recognized artistic site where precious art, religious heirlooms and paintings are kept.
The mountain and the peninsula it stands on is a lush landscape that has been undeveloped except for the religious centers making it a spectacular and unique natural site to encounter from above.
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