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.
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.
Download and print a copy 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
: 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 Athoswas 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.