Believed to be the `gateway to heaven` and the border between the human and the divine, Ouranoupolis is as far as female visitors (and male visitors without advance permission) can go on land. Ferries and small cruise boats operate out of Ouranoupolis to provide all visitors with a look at the peninsula and the monasteries. From the town of Ouranoupoli at the edge of the frontier between the Holy Mountain and the rest of the world there is a small boat that takes you to the port of Daphne, the official entry point for pilgrims to Mount Athos.
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