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After the death of Alexander the Great, the architect Dinocrates (Deinokrates) proposed carving the entire mountain into a statue of Alexander.
The history of the peninsula during latter ages is shrouded by the lack of historical accounts.
During the reign of Julian the Apostate (361–363), the churches of Mount Athos were destroyed, and Christians hid in the woods and inaccessible places.
Athos threw a massive rock against Poseidon which fell in the Aegean sea and became Mount Athos.
The Agios Panteleimon and Axion Estin travel daily (weather permitting) between Ouranoupolis and Dafni, with stops at some monasteries on the western coast.
There is also a smaller speed boat, the Agia Anna, which travels the same route, but with no intermediate stops.
It is certain that monks have been there since the fourth century, and possibly since the third.
During Constantine I's reign (324–337) both Christians and pagans were living there.