<p>The ancient monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece still beckons men who seek to satisfy a spiritual hunger. Picking persimmons at dusk, an Eastern Orthodox Christian monk lives much as his brethren did a thousand years ago.</p>

The ancient monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece still beckons men who seek to satisfy a spiritual hunger. Picking persimmons at dusk, an Eastern Orthodox Christian monk lives much as his brethren did a thousand years ago.

Called to the Holy Mountain

The Monks of Mount Athos

This story appears in the December 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine.
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