Photographer's Note

Mt. Penteli, the most bald mountain in prefecture Attikis, is situated about 25 km north of Athens. This happened because of some big fires in the past... Despite it, Mt. Penteli (1.109 m) remains attractive for many reasons. You can visit the astronomical station -10' on foot by Penteli square- Penteli Monastery (a great one, with even a museum-"Clandestine School", it is at the picture), Davelis' cave. The mountain produces high quality marble since ancient times. This marble was used for the construction of the Parthenon and numerous other buildings.

The Clandestine School

After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, Greece came under Ottomans rule for 400 years. Churches were turned into mosques and the operation of schools was outlawed. Children nowadays who moan about having to go to school would benefit from a visit to Athens' only clandestine school which is now operating as a museum. There they would see how clandestine schools were organised with monks teaching children to read and write the Greek language risking their lives if they were found. It is thanks to the Greek Church that our culture and language did not perish in these 4 centuries.

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