The faithful now have an opportunity to visit the Holy Mount Athos online. Virtual panoramas of twenty monasteries of the Holy Mount Athos are now available on a new website. Panoramas of more sketes and cells and those of three caves will become available soon.
The virtual tours can be found on the website Mountathos360.com, where the 360-degree panoramas are accompanied by a short history and photos of the place, reports Basilica.ro.
The authors’ motivation was “to display the Athonite monasticism and the Orthodox monastic spirituality, for the glory of God”, the website states. Their project is the result of three years of work.
The aim of this effort is the creation of a global historical documentary with virtual access for everyone, including women, who do not have access on the Mount, the disabled and those who do not have the financial capacity to travel.
The website is in three languages: Greek, English and Russian and it contains links to the Orthodox church organizations performing social work and evangelization missions – for the visitors who wish to support them.