MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE - 9 MAY 2014: A pilgrim relaxes after the apodeipnon (a compline that takes place after dinner), before sunset outside the Philotheou monastery in Mount Athos, Greece, on May 9th 2014.
The liturgical day formally begins with vespers (esperinos) which is usually sung towards the end of the afternoon. At sunset the gates are shut, no further visitors are admitted, and monks retire to their cells. Most monasteries run according to ‘Byzantine time’ which starts the clock for each new day at sunset.
Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in Greece. A World Heritage Site and autonomous polity in the Hellenic Republic, Athos is home to 20 stavropegial Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople. Greeks commonly refer to Mount Athos as the "Holy Mountain".
- 2014 Gianni Cipriano
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