Mount Athos hosts one of the oldest monastic communities
Mount Athos hosts one of the oldest monastic communities on Earth, is inhabited continuously for over 1,800 years by those choosing to break away from the world and live isolated in prayer. There are at least 20 Orthodox monasteries, currently and over 2000 monks on Mount broken the rest of the world where women are forbidden to transgress. Rocky and steep southern area of the peninsula, known as Karoulia, however, is the abode of ascetics who want to live undisturbed, completely cut off from the mundane.
Karoulia Karoulia is divided into inner and outer. Access from the outside in the Inner chain is supportive. In the early twentieth century lived here 30 strugglers, while today their number between 10 and 20.
Most of the cells from Karoulia are ascetics and hermitages that they themselves constructed from materials used, recycling waste from other monks.Seen part of such construction often disguise the true size of the place ascetic, stretching into the depths of a cave or along natural rock cavities. Organizing space inside these hermitages proves a very rational use of space. One of the cells typical of the region is that of the Holy Archangels in Inner Karoulia. In the decade of 50s, the cell was known as “Hermitage guard” at the ascetic Gabriel, “the one with the curly hair,” which had formerly been guard. In recent years he lived here a Russian ascetic. Cell shows no radical changes until today, which applies to most of the places ascetic area, which keeps this ascetic character. Archangels cell consists of a chapel, Five small cells and a warehouse.