In the frame of morale, welfare and recreation associated activities, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece Headquarters (NRDC-GR HQ) organized a visit to Mount Athos from Friday October 6th to 8th, 2017. The monasteries of Philotheou, Xenofontos, Dionysiou and Osiou Gregoriou welcomed NRDC-GR personnel giving them the unique opportunity to feel the holiness and the overwhelming religiosity of the "Holy Mountain".
Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. It is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. It is commonly referred in Greek as the "Holy Mountain" and the entity as the "Athonite State".
Mount Athos is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other countries, live in Athos. The monasteries feature a rich collection of well-preserved artifacts, rare books, ancient documents, and artworks of immense historical value. Mount Athos has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1988.
NRDC-GR through such associated Community Relations activities, continues to offer opportunities to its multinational personnel and their families, fostering relations with other community groups and conducting work mindful of multination sensitivities and respectful of the local and regional cultural environment