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The view from the guesthouse courtyard at St. Anne's Skete in Mount Athos. The only way to get to St. Anne's is by foot, and that means climbing roughly 2000 steps from the dock to the guesthouse entrance.

St. Anne's Skete is one of four sketes attached to the Great Lavra monastery of Mount Athos. It is located near the cape of Mt Athos, near Little St. Anne's Skete. St Anne's Skete has the distinction of being the largest and oldest skete of Mt Athos and was founded to preserve the left foot of St. Anne, the mother of the virgin Mary.

There are 51 brotherhood houses at St Anne's Skete, inhabited by 85 monks. The houses each have different handicrafts - some fishing, some gardening, others iconography, wood carving, miniature art or incense. The main church was built and frescoed in 1754, when it was dedicated to St. Anne, and it holds the relics of several saintly martyrs of the Church. Its most precious relic is the mummified left foot of St. Anne.

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  • Copyright: George Papatakis (King_Georgios) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 13] (21)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-05-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-06-10 6:11
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