The Virgin walked ashore and, overwhelmed by the wonderful and wild natural beauty of the mountain she blessed it and asked her Son for it to be her garden.
A voice was heard; "let this place be your inheritance and your garden, a paradise and a haven of salvation for those seeking to be saved".
Its snow-capped peak is usually crowned by white clouds, an awesome sight to see.
Because of its isolation Mount Athos has remained one of the most unspoiled parts of Greece.
Here and there in this wilderness are the fortified walls of the monasteries, with small vegetable plots around them, encircled by a silver-green sea of the olive groves.