Ouranoupolis is the jewel of Mount Athos. It is the last village just a kilometer before the border of the Holy Mountain and where a tourist who intends to see the monastic state must go to. Every day, from the small harbor under the shade of the tower, you will see the boat which takes the pilgrims, after they have acquired the visa pass they will need to enter, to the monastic republic. Ouranoupolis took its name from the Alexandrian city that was founded in 315BC by Alexarhos, the son of Antipatros and brother of Kassandros.
The first monasteries where founded in the tenth century on the peninsula of Athos. One of these was the “abbey of zigou” which was discovered near Ouranoupolis. This abbey is still at the stage of excavation from which important discoveries have been revealed and it possesses the important privilege of being uniquely located outside the borders of Mount Athos so women can visit.