(ORDO NEWS) — Mikhailo Tholotos was born in 1856 in Greece and lived all his life in an Orthodox monastery on Mount Athos. His mother died a few hours after his birth, and he was adopted by the monks.
The monastery had strict rules forbidding women to visit its territory. The reason for this rule was that all monks living in the monasteries of Athos were required to remain celibate for their entire lives.
Tholotos never left the monastery and never encountered a living woman. He learned about their existence from books and conversations.
Despite the fact that he could travel to other places on Earth and easily meet a member of the another sex, Tholotos never left Mount Athos by his own choice.
Mihailo Tolotos died in 1938 at the age of 82.
Today, Mount Athos is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts thousands of visitors every year, many of whom are attracted by its rich history and spiritual traditions.
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