US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt visited the Vatopedi monastery on Mt Athos on Monday. Pyatt, who is paying a visit to the monastic community, was impressed by the rich history of Vatopedi monastery, its innovative research and its ideas for the organic herbs grown at the monastery.

In a post on his personal twitter account, Pyatt said: "Mt. Athos is a truly spiritual place, and I profoundly thank Abbot Ephraim for introducing me to the rich history of Vatopedi on my first stop here. I was also impressed by the Monastery's innovative research and ideas on its organic herbal products".