The holy Monastery Iveron in Mount Athos

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Mount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain (Hagion Oros) is Greece’ s Orthodox spiritual centre, a self-governed beautiful region located in the eastern part of Chalkidiki‘ s peninsula. In Athos, the UNESCO World Heritage site, there are 20 monasteries of great spiritual and architectural interest and about 700 houses and cells that accommodate approximately 1,000 monks. The doors of the monasteries open at sunrise and close at sunset. Women and children are not allowed in the entire area, about 335 Km². There is also a limit to the number of visitors per day. 
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The Iveron Monastery is located by the sea, in the northeast side of the peninsula. It was built at the end of the 10th century, in four aisles forming a rectangular shape, thus creating a yard in the middle. Its main church (katholicon) consists of magnificent frescoes of the 16th century. The library contains 2,000 manuscripts and 20,000 books.   
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The most popular treasure in the monastery is the Byzantine icon of Panagia Portaitissa. This icon is considered to be the most miraculous icon in Mount Athos. Its main characteristic is a scar appearing on Virgin Mary’s chin. Apart from the faces of Jesus and Virgin Mary’s, the entire icon in covered by a gold and silver layer. Other treasures of the monastery are the architectural style of the columns in the main church, the wood-carved iconstasis and the silver lamp stand, shaped as a lemon tree. So if our male readers wish to visit and have a free of charge  stay at the monasteries of Mount Athos, make a request at athosreservation@gmail.com. For further information visit their official website agioritikiestia.gr   

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5 Top things to do on a rainy day in Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city. It attracts a vast amount of tourists throughout the year. It is very popular for its Archaeological sites, Byzantine monuments, architectural style, cultural events such as the International Thessaloniki Film Festival and its lively nightlife. In this post we have prepared a list of the top things to do in Thessaloniki, if you happen to visit the city on a rainy day. =&0=&
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Saint Dimitrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki and its Church is worth a visit, especially if you seek some peaceful time, away from the traffic and the busy city life. The saint’s body is preserved in a tomb in a special area. You will also admire the building architecture, the mosaics and the hagiography. 2. Visit the Archaeological Museum
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One of the best attractions in Thessaloniki, the impressive Archaeological Museum is laid out in a way that is easy for visitors to see its exhibitions without getting bored or tired. You will get plenty of information about the history and life in ancient Thessaloniki. With the same ticket you get access to the Museum of Byzantine Culture.  3. Get to the Museum of Byzantine Culture
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You will definitely enjoy visiting the Museum of Byzantine Culture. With its beautiful and easy layout you get access to the galleries that cover all eras of Byzantine culture. Displays consists of sculptures, mosaics, artwork, hagiography.  4. Have a meal at Nea Diagonios
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Nea Diagonios is a modern Greek Grill restaurant awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2014. The service is excellent and the food delicious. Ask the waiters for the best wine – food combinations. Tip: order soutzoukakia!   =&4=&  
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  Domatio me Thea Cafe (meaning room with a view) is located on the 5th floor of a movie theatre in Aristotelous Square. Have a seat near the window to enjoy magnificent views. At night it serves delicious cocktails.
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Vourvourou in Chalkidiki, a magnificent place where the beach meets the forest

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Vourvourou is a village in the Sithonia peninsula of Chalkidiki in North Greece.  The region is a unique place known for its natural landscape. Once there, you get the feeling that the marvelous beaches extend to meet the pine tree forests of the nearby mountains. The clear blue waters and the beautiful little islands are two of Vourvourou‘s characteristics.  
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  Karidi is one of the most enchanting beaches of the bay with white big stones and transparent clear waters. Once you get in the sea you will feel that your are in a magical place out of this world. Try to avoid the midday peak hours or the mid August peak holiday season altogether.  
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  If you want to have a superb experience, you can explore the area even further with the help of a sea kayak. Sea kayaking trips are organised by professionals who also provide travelers with useful information about the beaches. 
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Elatia forest, Greece’s natural monument

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With over 1.700 different plants, 38 pieces of mammals and 100 species of birds, Elatia forest near Drama city, is the largest forest complex in Greece. It  is also known as Karadere. The green and dense tall trees landscape reminds the visitor forests that are usually seen in Northern Europe.   
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This beautiful forest is located in the central and northern part of Greece and extends along the Greek-Bulgarian border. It is a unique spot for those who seek close contact with nature. Admire the colours of the plants, the wild flowers and calm your soul as you hear the sounds of the nature.
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UNESCO has categorized the forest as a natural monument. Needless to say this is an ideal place for hiking, trekking and bird-watching. One can find beautiful hotels near this natural place to enjoy a relaxing stay and an unforgettable alternative vacation.

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