DEIMOS-1 Image of the week (acquired 15/6/2015): Northern Greece
This image shows the three legs of the Halkidiki peninsula and the island of Thasos, located in northern Greece. On the tip of the easternmost leg of the Halkidiki peninsula is visible Mount Athos, commonly referred as the Holy Mountain. The Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain is a World Heritage Site. The area is accessible only by ferry and host 20 orthodox monasteries. Called by monks the Garden of Virgin Mary, the number of daily visitors is restricted and permitted only to males. The island of Thasos, the northernmost greek island, is visible going eastern along the coast. Thasos is famous for its unique white sugar marble which was largely used in the antiquity. Ancient marble quarries, now abandoned, are visible in the south of the island. Currently, marble mining is one of the principal island’s industry, being the modern quarries situated at the north of the island.