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Mount Athos

Fire on Mount Athos contained

A fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon near Hilandar Monastery on the Mount Athos peninsula - an all-male monastic community in northern Greece also known as the "Holy Mount" - has now been contained.

Why are women banned from Mount Athos?

Mount Athos - actually a 335 sq km (130 sq miles) peninsula - may be the largest area in the world from which women, and female animals, are banned.