The town of ''' Karyes''' is the administrative center for the monastic republic of [[ Mount Athos]]. The town is located in the middle of the peninsula at an elevation of a little over 1, 000 feet (370 meters). The town is the seat of the governing body of Mount Athos and of the '' protos'' (primate) of the monastic community.
The church contains a library of 117 manuscripts, of which 47 are on parchment. A miraculous [[icon]] of the Virgin Mary is kept on the [[altar]]. Also kept in the records room is the ''First Ritual of Mount Athos''.
*[http://www.culture.gr/2/21/212/21210a/e212ja25.html Church of Protaton at Karyes]
*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/Monastery/karyes.html Town of Karyes]