Following up yet again on a previous posting regarding Mt. Athos
Click and watch that video first, and then the story referenced below will be set in its correct perspective.
Mt. Athos is not simply a mountain, but an entire peninsula in northeastern Greece that has been a self-governing monastic territory since the time of the Byzantine Empire, and strictly off-limits to women for the past 1,000 years. Here is the link to a news item concerning pressure being applied to the Greek government to allow women on the Holy Mountain, and Russian support of Greek efforts to limit entrance to men.