To the Orthodox, the Holy Mountain is the heart of the Church. It is here that Orthodox monasticism has found its centre since the end of the first millennium, and here that it still lives on in its thousand-year-old traditions. To the monastic, student of monasticism, or general monastic enthusiast, there are few places more interesting and inviting than the Holy Mountain.
The monks of Athos today live much the same life that has been lived on the Holy Mountain since its first solitary hermits established the place as an ascetic stronghold. It is possible to visit the Holy Mountain only if one is male, and only for a short period of time so as not to overly burden the hospitality of the monks.