Mount Athos: A visit to the Holy Mountain

In February 1936 the young Patrick Leigh Fermor walked along the peninsula that we know as Mount Athos. It was there he celebrated his twenty-first birthday with Russian Orthodox monks. In 2011 the CBS ’60 Minutes’ programme gained access to the Holy Mountain, the first television since 1981. Here is a unique opportunity to take a wider look at the community and beauty of Mount Athos which made such an impression on the young Paddy.

Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years.

The programme is in two parts and if you are dedicated and clever, there are many other ‘extras’ – I have provided some links below. Enjoy!

Part One:

Part One

Part Two:

Part Two

Transcript of Parts One and Two


Behind-the-scenes travelogue to holy Mt. Athos

Mt. Athos’ autonomy

Bastions of the Orthodox faith

Extra: Don’t call it art!

Life on Mt. Athos

1 thought on “Mount Athos: A visit to the Holy Mountain

  1. Barbara Boling

    As I watched the CBS story of Mt. Athos I thought of Paddy. Loved his little book about the monastic visits he made. Of course, I could never visit Mt Athos when I lived in Athens in the seventies (no women ever allowed. I always wanted to see what it must be like. Not anything like the places I visited in Meteora. Sixty Minutes did a great story don’t you think?


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