Photo of the Day

Picture of a monk in elaborate robes standing in a beam of sunlight in a monastery in Greece
December 6, 2021

Celebrating St. Nicholas

Mount Athos, in northeastern Greece, is home to some 2,000 monks in the Eastern Orthodox Church. At the Monastery of Vatopedi, Father Chrisostomos reflects in the cell of St. Nicholas the Fisherman—the inspiration for the figure of Santa Claus.
Photograph by Travis Dove, Nat Geo Image Collection
Create a free account to continue and get unlimited access to hundreds of Nat Geo articles, plus newsletters.

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

Create your free account to continue reading

No credit card required. Unlimited access to free content.
Or get a Premium Subscription to access the best of Nat Geo - just $19