Friday, September 06, 2013

Return of the Stylites

Monks who live atop pillars.

In this case a Russian Orthodox monk who was, in his youth, a criminal.

He lives atop this pillar:

And he's got a stupendous view of the wilderness of the country of Georgia:

The Christian practice of living atop pillars is an old one, dating back to the earliest days of Christianity, when the Desert Fathers were active. St. Simeon Stylites was the most famous of them.

Be sure to click over to the story, the accompanying photographs are stunning.

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