The Friends of Mount Athos


Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

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A Pilgrim's Guide
to Mount Athos

The Mount Athos Pilgrim Map
developed by FoMA member and cartographer, Peter Howorth, in collaboration with the FoMA Footpaths Project

Sample Image from the Pilgrim Map of Mount Athos
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Pilgrim's Map of Mount Athos

The Friends of Mount Athos is very pleased to announce the publication of a new Pilgrim Map of Mount Athos. The new map was developed by FoMA member and cartographer, Peter Howorth, in collaboration with members of FoMA's Footpaths Project.

In preparation for the new map, Peter collected hundreds of GPS tracks, which he and the FoMA Footpaths Team have have assessed and refined. The map itself is based on high-resolution topographical data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission of NASA, satellite photographs from the Pleiades Program and public domain pictures. Additional information has been gained from study of old maps, and conversations with monks on the Holy Mountain. The result is a map of such accuracy and completeness as has never before existed for Mount Athos. The mapping of footpaths is being continuously updated with new data from FoMA's Footpaths Team, as some of these tracks have a way of changing from year to year.

The Pilgrim Map is available in several different formats, scales and prices from the Filathonites website. FoMA members may purchase any version of the new map at a 20% discount from the list price. The coupon code for the members' discount is provided to all FoMA members. If you lose your coupon code, please contact your membership secretary to request it:

INSTRUCTIONS: When you have selected your map or maps and have proceeded to the Filathonites shopping cart, enter your coupon code into the coupon code box in the Filathonites shopping cart and click the "Apply Coupon" button.

Please Note: The information provided on this map is as accurate as it could be made at the time of its release. Like the content of our footpath descriptions, however, it is affected by the circumstances of continual change affecting the condition and signing of paths and tracks on the Holy Mountain. For this reason, while the utmost care has been taken in its production, and our footpaths team is working with its producer continuously to keep it up to date, the Friends of Mount Athos can not take responsibility for its accuracy or currency, and refers users to our standard disclaimer. This is the first public release of the new Pilgrim Map. During this first season of its use, users may discover need for adjustments and improvements; we request of all users that they provide feedback that will help us make any necessary improvements.


The Zwerger Map.
Before the release of the new Pilgrim Map, the map that offered the best publicly accessible mapping of the old footpaths of Mount Athos was the classic, pocket-sized map published in Austria by Reinhold Zwerger. This map remains a landmark in the cartography of Mount Athos.

Nevertheless, persons planning to hike extensively on the Holy Mountain should be aware that the scale of the map often makes it very difficult to work out which path or road is which. Moreover, many tracks, especially those in close proximity to the monasteries, do not appear on the map. To some extent, this is evident from roads on the map that end in arrows. The arrows mean that although Mr. Zwerger identified the route's existence, he did not map it, or mapped only part of it. Finally, the map has not been updated since 2001.

Persons interested in acquiring the Zwerger map for historical reasons may order it, while stocks last, from the estate of Reinhold Zwerger in (English or German).

Touristic Maps.
As noted in the Pilgrim's Guide, “A number of tourist maps are available locally but these are not recommended.” The touristic maps in question, sold in Greece as well as on the Holy Mountain in the shops in Daphni and Karyes, provide only very generalized and selective representation of footpaths and roadways. These maps can can be very misleading to pilgrims attempting to travel by foot, and a source of anxiety that distracts from the pilgrim experience.


Travellers on Mount Athos are encouraged to consult FoMA's individual footpath descriptions. These footpath descriptions and the associated GPS tracks are continuously updated by the FoMA Footpath Project and coordinated with the new Pilgrim Map. They may be accessed from FoMA's convenient chart, Mount Athos Footpaths: Conditions, Walking Times & Links to Descriptions . From the links in this chart you may view the detailed footpath descriptions, and download printable copies of the descriptions and GPX files to take with you on your pilgrimage.

Please note: the footpath descriptions are produced as PDFs, which are instantly viewed in the native browsers of most devices, tablets and cell phones as well as computers. If the native browser in your device does not work in this way, we recommend installing another browser that offers this functionality (Chrome, Safari, etc.)

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.