Visit to Mount Athos
Posted 10 June 2002 - 03:21 PM
Since you speak English, ask to speak with Fr Iakovos or Fr Makarios, who both love to tell the story of monasticism at Simonopetra.
Posted 10 June 2002 - 09:17 PM
Thank you again,
Posted 15 October 2002 - 12:06 AM
Posted 15 October 2002 - 01:28 AM
1. Find out if your spiritual father, pastor or bishop has a community or person on Mt. Athos whom they would recommend you visit. Abbot Basil on Stavronikita was my contact, and he may still be there.
2. Even if 1 is not possible, write a letter to the Head House. There should be instructions on the Web somewhere.
3. Get a letter from your diocesan chancery affirming that you are an Orthodox Christian in good standing, with your bishop's seal, asking them to accept you. This will allow you to stay longer on a visitation visa, if you will, and follows the canonical chain from you to the abbott. For example, I was a member at the time of the Japanese Orthodox Church, so my letter of introduction was directed to the abbott of the Russikon, as the Russian Orthodox Church is the mother of the JOC. Non-Orthodox are welcome, but generally can't stay as long on a regular visit visa.
4. Visitor flow to Mt. Athos is administered by the Church in conjunction with the gov't of Greece (hey, it's a tourist destination, and that's big in Greece.) You will need to get a visitor pass or visa in Thessalonkia, presenting to the office there your passport and letters.
5. Once stamped, you will need to take a bus to the port through which most traffic to and from Greece and the peninsula occurs. Then you get a boat to Mt. Athos. Walk up to the Head House, and thence to particular monastery, best before dusk. Hence, travel is generally two days from your arrival in Saloniki.
Simonapetra and Gregoriou were at that time the two monasteries with the greatest growth and dynamism, and to which the other monasteries deferred as having the brighest bulbs, the Russikon the most interesting from an architectural and general sort of cool organic decay perspective, Stavronikita homey with a strong relationship to local Greeks, Iveron a step back, way back, in time, Skete Prophet Elias, then ROCOR affiliated, with the best incense.
Some old, fond memories. Thanks.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 05:00 AM
Andoni, I wrote a reply to your last message on the Sin and Repentance thread.
Do you know that women are not allowed to visit Mt. Athos???????? Now, that is something I would like to discuss.
My cousin is a monk at one of the monasteries there and he seems to be very content. Visiting Mt. Athos cannot do you anything but good. Some of our friends go regularly - once every one or two years. There was an exhibition a couple of years ago in Thessaloniki of many of the icons and other artifacts from some of the monasteries on Mt. Athos. I intended to go but unfortunately never got around to it.
Hope you manage to visit.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 06:47 PM
I notice that Mount Athos has a new web page (new at least to the one I had), and if you have not tried it, you can communicate with them; otherwise, I notice that Stephen has filled many blanks of the process for you; here is the new URL:
Guest_Wallace Justin Miller
Posted 13 November 2002 - 09:09 PM
011-30-031-861-611 (the first number, before I found out about the new city code for Thess.)
011-30-2310-861-611 (the one I have now).
I really need to call this place soon, to set up a reservation in the quota. Can anyone help me out with times to call (I'm on the west coast of the USA) or maybe a better number? I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!
Posted 16 November 2002 - 05:09 AM
For Thessaloniki, the number given is
30(0)31 833 733
It also has a number for Ouranoupolis:
30(0)31 833 733
I had thought I had read something recently which said that the the Pilgrim Office had been moved to Ouranoupolis. But I'm surprised that Friends of Mt. Athos doesn't have a current number!
God Bless you on your journeys, and if this helps, say some prayers for me up on the Mountain, where I will never be able to go (being female).
Posted 16 December 2002 - 12:36 PM
Click on Hesychasterion, the last link under Other Dwellings.
As far as I know, the pilgrim office is still in Thessaloniki, up on Egnatia St. A word of advice though. There are strict limits on the number of visitors who can enter each day via the normal channels and you may find that those quotas have been filled over the days you are able to get to Greece. Do not despair though. If you know someone who can contact the Geronta at one of the Monasteries or Sketes directly, they may be able to arrange for you to visit at that monk's invitation, in which case you will bypass a lot of the necessary red tape and you will be able to stay for longer.
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