Life at Mount Athos, Colored Background - Athonite
Life at Mount Athos, Colored Background - Athonite
Life at Mount Athos, Colored Background - Athonite
Life at Mount Athos, Colored Background - Athonite

Life at Mount Athos, Colored Background

Regular price $350.00

The Story Behind This Icon:

This icon portrays the monasteries, the miracles and the salient figures in the extraordinary history of Mount Athos. In the center of the icon, the Virgin Mary is depicted, holding her Holy Belt. The Athonite Saints Peter and Athanasios are shown at her feet. In the inner ring of the icon, the founders of the monasteries and some significant saints from each are depicted. In the outer ring, sixteen of the twenty monasteries in Mount Athos are shown, while the remaining four can be seen around the icon. In the two top corners of the icon, one can find the Saints George and Nicholas, who are considered the protector saints of Mount Athos. In numerous places around the icon, there are depictions of daily life typical to monastic communities. One can also see notable sites such as the cells of Saint Paisios, Karyes, and Sarai. The image is completed with the depiction of the Nine Invisible Hermits, as well as the calming image of pilgrims venerating Holy Relics. Finally, one can see the small illustration of the miracle of the icon of the Panagia Portaitissa.

Monasteries (clockwise): Esphigmenou Monastery, Vatopedi Monastery, Pantokratoros Monastery, Filotheou Monastery, Konstamonitou Monastery, Karakalou Monastery, Stavronikita Monastery, Agiou Pavlou Monastery, Dionysiou Monastery, Osiou Grigoriou Monastery, Simonos Petras Monastery, Agiou Panteileimonos Monastery, Xenophontos Monastery, Docheiariou Monastery, Great Lavra Monastery, Zografou Monastery. Top, left: Xeropotamou Monastery. Top right: Helandriou Monastery. Bottom left: Koutloumousiou Monastery.Bottom right: Iviron Monastery.


This icon is made of solid, natural limewood (Tilia) that has been prepared by hand using traditional methods and organic materials. All of our icons are reproduced according to museum print standards and are authentic replicas of Holy Icons from Mount Athos and elsewhere. 

Learn more about how our Holy Icons are made here

From the moment you first hold your Holy Icon, you will see the exquisite details that bear truth to the meticulous preparation and creation of the image, as well as feel the depth and weight of the solid wood upon which it is portrayed. One of our larger icon dimensions (11.8" x 15.7"/30 x 40 cm) weighs more than 5 pounds! 

Because we value quality even in the details, your Holy Icon will be shipped in luxury packaging and can be presented as a gift for a friend or family member.

Dimension: 13" x 18.9" (33 x 48 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
1.8" (4.5 cm) 6.7 lb (3 kg) Recessed Wood

Dimensions and weights may slightly vary as these items are cut by hand.

We are proud to offer the highest quality products! However, if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for an exchange or refund, free of charge! We offer free return shipping for all orders, so long as: 
a) Item(s) are been purchased in the last 30 days.
b) Item(s) are returned with their original blue box and/or packaging.
c) Both the packaging and item(s) are in their original condition.

You can read our full Refund & Return Policy here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Luke Ernst
Excellent icon.

I ordered this icon a year ago and I am more than pleased with the quality and style of the icon. I loved the gift box it came in and just the overall look of it. I totally recommend this icon for a beautiful presentation of the Panagia and stories of Mount Athos

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Icon Styles

Depending on the size and theme, Holy Icons are available in both Recessed and Level styles.



Backside Details

Backside details vary with icon size and serve to ensure that your Holy Icon will stand the test of time. 

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