The Greek photographer Stratos Kalafatis has spent the past five years documenting the surreal world inside the self-governed Greek monastic state, Mount Athos. “The first monks settled there prior to 9th century AD where they lived in huts and caves. Today about 3,000 ascetics cloister in the 20 monasteries and hundreds of hermitages, cells and huts that exist in Mount Athos. All the monasteries share prayer, accommodation, fare and labour amongst the monks,” the photographer tells It’s Nice That.
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