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Mount Athos: A visit to the Holy Mountain – CBS’ “60 Minutes” full video

April 25, 2011

As I trailed this two days ago we can now watch the whole programme. Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years.

The programme is in two parts and if you are dedicated and clever, there are many other ‘extras’ – I have provided some links below.  Enjoy!

Part One:

Part One

Part Two:

Part Two

Transcript of Parts One and Two


Behind-the-scenes travelogue to holy Mt. Athos

Mt. Athos’ autonomy

Bastions of the Orthodox faith

Extra: Don’t call it art!

Life on Mt. Athos

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2011 4:39 am

    I don’t have television and so I am grateful for postings like this. Gorgeous photography, sensitive narration, exquisite openness of the brothers. “Brothers” is the operative word here. It’s too bad the narrator didn’t let viewers know that no women would have been allowed to set foot on the Holy Mountain, indeed never has been allowed, nor have cows or chickens for that matter. What, brothers, is to be feared?


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