The Friends of Mount Athos


Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

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A Pilgrim's Guide
to Mount Athos

All visitors to Mount Athos are by definition pilgrims. Whatever your reason for visiting them, the monks will welcome you as a pilgrim. Guiding pilgrims is one of the oldest activities of the Friends of Mount Athos. Just as the proskynetaria -- personal pilgrimage accounts written by pilgrims from the middle ages to early modern times -- guided the pilgrims of the past, so also the FoMA Guide provides today's pilgrims with advice and understanding based on the experience of fellow pilgrims. Unlike those venerable pilgrims' books, however, this Pilgrims' Guide is updated constantly.

Introduction: Making Your Visit: Mount Athos Information:
What is Mount Athos
Be a Pilgrim

Daphni and Karyes
Hospitality on the monasteries
Getting Around on the Holy Mountain
Walking Times Between Monasteries
Liturgical rhythm and
    the measurement of time
Libraries and treasuries
Extending your visit
Distances between monasteries

Foundation and dedication dates
    of the monasteries
An Athos Directory
Further Reading

Agiorite Lines (Agioreitikes Grammes) Boat Schedules (Greek only)
   For English and other languages, see also: Mount Athos Information site.

Planning Your Visit: Forms and Spellings of Monastery Names:
The climate of Athos
Making Reservations at the Mount Athos Pilgrim's Bureau
Making Reservations at the Individual Monasteries
Obtaining Your Travel Papers
Travel From Thessaloniki to Ouranoupolis and Ierissos
Entry from Ouranoupolis
Entry from Ierissos
What to take
Helping your fellow pilgrims
Explanation of monastery
    naming conventions
Conventions of naming in English


Visual tours, Athonite pilgrim journals, and other resources

Monastery Reservation Form

As a service to those planning pilgrimages to the Holy Mountain, and because reservations are now required at most of the individual monasteries, FoMA has prepared a downloadable bilingual (Greek and English) Monastery Reservation Form.

In making your reservations you are asked to bear in mind that many of the monasteries have only a small brotherhood and they are often overwhelmed by the number of requests that they receive. Please exercise patience and understanding if you do not receive an immediate reply.

Download and print a copy of the reservation form for each monastery that you plan to visit, fill out the required information, and either mail or fax it to those monasteries. Monastery addresses and Fax numbers may be found on our Mount Athos Information Page.

Header Image: Detail from a pilgrimage souvenir print produced for Philotheou Monastery in 1849. The detail depicts the arrival of the "pious pilgrims" on horseback, with the monastery on the left and two monks waiting to greet the arriving pilgrims.
Photograph by Robert W. Alllison, © 2011.
The original print bears the following inscription (in Greek):
This bronzeplate print of the Holy Monastery of Philotheou on the Holy Mountain of Athos was printed at the personal expense of Nikolas Emmanouel Chionakes of Crete for the salvation of his soul and those of his parents and kin, and it was dedicated freely for pious pilgrims.
Printed in Moscow on 4 August, 1849.