Mt. Athos Extends Shutdown to Visitors to May 17

ATHENS – The monastic community of Mount Athos on Thursday announced it will extend its ban on visitors or pilgrims to May 17, as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Teachers, students and staff at the Athonias Ecclesiastical Academy, located at Karyes, Mt. Athos, are exempt from the ban. The school has a Greek secondary school curriculum combined with ecclesiastical teachings.

Mt. Athos comprises several monasteries and hermitages, some of the oldest in the country, occupying the easternmost section of the Chalkidiki peninsula in northern Greece. It first banned visitors due to the pandemic on March 19.


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