March 11, 2010

Monastery Window, Greece

Photograph by Travis Dove

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A trinity of sun, sky, and sea paints an inspiring backdrop for the Xenofontos monastery on Mount Athos. According to Orthodox tradition, Noah summoned the animals to the ark by rapping a wooden mallet on a plank. In similar fashion, mallets (in foreground) are used today to call monks to prayer.

See more photographs from the December 2009 feature story "Called to the Holy Mountain."

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