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INFORMATION FOR PILGRIMS TO MOUNT ATHOS

Holy Executive
οf the Holy Mount Athos
Pilgrims’ bureau

 
Mount Athos, known in Greek as Agion Oros (Hholy Mountain), is a peninsula in Chalkidiki, Northern Greece. This sacred area contains twenty monasteries including one Serbian, one Bulgarian and one Russian. Although the peninsula of Athos is part of Greece, it enjoys certain autonomy. The “Holy Community” under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Istanbul administrates the region. This administrative body is composed of representatives of the monasteries and maintains an office at Karyes (Iera Epistasia) where all visitors register upon arrival at Mount Athos.
 
Only adult men and young males accompanied by their fathers are permitted to enter Mount Athos. This rule, which is known as the “avaton”, forbids access to Mount Athos to any female and this is enforced by the law. Moreover, young men who are accompanied by a guardian or adult group leader visiting Mount Athos for educational purpose need the written consent of their parents, verified by an official authority of their country.
 
In accordance with the procedures established by the Greek Government, foreigners must obtain a written permit to visit Mount Athos from the «HOLY EXECUTIVE OF THE HOLY MOUNT ATHOS – PILGRIMS’ BUREAU»  located in Thessaloniki. Reservations are made six months in advance by phone (+30 2310 252578) or  fax (+30 2310 222424) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 The delivery of this permit is carried out by the “Pilgrims’ Office” branch in Ouranoupolis. Personal appearance and passport /ID card is required in order to obtain this permit. A letter of recommendation is no longer required.
 
The office in Thessaloniki is open from Monday through Saturday (9.00h - 04.00h). It is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
 
The office in Ouranoupolis is open from Monday through Sunday from 07.30h – 13.00h.

In general, the “HOLY EXECUTIVE OF THE HOLY MOUNT ATHOS-PILGRIMS’ BUREAU” issues only ten permits a day for non-orthodox visitors (foreigners) and 100 for Greeks and Orthodox visitors. These permits are valid for a four-day visit on specific dates. Prolongation of the four-day validity can be issued from Mt. Athos authorities in Karyes. Clergymen should obtain in advance a written consent (“Evlogia”) from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople by writing to: The Ecumenical Patriarchate, Fanari, Istanbul, Turkey (tel +90 2125 349037).

Upon arrival in Ouranoupolis, the port where the boats depart for Mt Athos, visitors must obtain a residence permit “Diamonitirio”. This permit allows the visitor to visit and stay at the monasteries of his choice and costs 30 euros. Students who can prove their student status through a school ID pay only 10 euros. The holder of a permit may proceed to Mount Athos without any other formalities.

The monasteries do not charge for their hospitality, but donations are accepted. Most of the monasteries and Skites require prior arrangements for the accommodation.
 
Mount Athos visitors should be decently attired. In the event of misconduct, a permit can be withdrawn. Severe penalties are enforced against anyone who attempts to remove religious items from Mount Athos collections. While taking photographs is permitted, the use of video and movie cameras is strictly forbidden. Also, because hunting is strictly forbidden in Mount Athos, hunting dogs and rifles are strictly forbidden.

Following you can find information on bus and boat lines (It is advisable to check timetables before departure because they are subject to change).


 
Bus Terminal to Ouranoupolis: “KTEL CHALKIDIKIS”

tel. +30 2310 316 555, web site: www.ktel-chalkidikis.gr
 
Daily departures by bus from Ouranoupolis (148 km, 3hours). The first bus is at 05.30h.

There is a boat connection with the bus from Thessaloniki, as well as with the domestic bus Daphne – Karyes (12 km).

 

 Boat Lines

“Mount Athos Lines”: 23770 21041, 23770 71149

“Microathos”: 23770 71400

 “Aghia Anna” Boat: 6974 819885

 

CONTACTS OF THE HOLLY MONASTERIES AND SKITES

 

Phone

Fax

Email address

H.M. Megistis Lavras

23770 23754

23770 23762

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H.M. Vatopediou

23778 88088

23778 88082

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H.M. Iviron

23770 23643

23770 23248

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H.M. Hilandariou

23770 23797

23770 23494

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H.M. Dionisiou

23770 23687

23770 23686

 

H.M. Koutloumousiou

23770 23226

23770 23731

 

H.M. Pantokratoros

23770 23880

23770 23685

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H.M. Xiropotamou

23770 23251

23770 23733

 

H.M. Zografou

23770 23247

23770 23247

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H.M. Dochiariou

23770 23245

23770 23245

 

H.M. Karakallou

23770 23225

23770 23746

 

H.M. Filotheou

23770 23256

23770 23674

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H.M. Simonos Petras

23770 23254

23750 94098

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H.M. Aghiou Pavlou

23770 23741

23770 23905

 

H.M. Stavronikita

23770 23255

 

 

H.M. Xenofondos

23770 23633

23770 23631

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H.M. Osiou Grigoriou

23770 23668

23770 23671

 

H.M. Esfigmenou

23770 23653

 

 

H.M. Aghiou Panteleimonos

23770 23252

23770 23252

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H.M. Konstamonitou

23770 23228

23770 23228

 

Skiti Aghias Annis

23770 23320

 

 

Nea Skiti

23770 23351

 

 

Skiti Kafsokalivion

23770 23319

 

 

Skiti Prodromou

23770 23294

 

 

Skiti Aghiou Andrea

23770 23810

 

 

Pilgrims who wish to stay overnight in the Holy Monasteries or Skites must reserve a place beforehand.

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