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A Pilgrim's Guide
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A Pilgrim's Guide to Mount Athos: Mount Athos Information

Contents of this Page
  1. Foundation and Dedication Dates of the Monasteries
  2. Contacting Mount Athos: An Athos Directory (Links to websites are provided when available.)
    Mailing Addresses
    Telephone / Fax Numbers
    The Monasteries
    The Sketes
  3. Further reading

In this table the monasteries are listed in order of their foundation together with their dedication and the date of its celebration according to the Julian calendar (after Hasluck, pp. 19-20):

963 Great Lavra St Athanasios the Athonite (5 July)
976 Iviron Dormition (15 August)
after 972 Vatopedi Annunciation (25 March)
before 992 Philotheou Annunciation (25 March)
c. 1030 Xeropotamou Forty Martyrs (9 March)
early 11th c. Esphigmenou Ascension
before 1046 Dochiariou Archangels Michael & Gabriel (8 November)
c. 1050 St Paul's Purification (2 February)
c. 1070 Karakalou Sts Peter & Paul (29 June)
c. 1070 Xenophontos St George (23 April)
c. 1086 Konstamonitou St Stephen (27 December)
1081-1118 Koutloumousiou Transfiguration (6 August)
before 1169 St Panteleimonos St Panteleimon (27 July)
1197 Hilandar Presentation (21 November)
c. 1270 Zographou St George (23 April)
before 1363 Pantokratoros Transfiguration (6 August)
1363 Simonopetra Nativity (25 December)
1375 Dionysiou St John the Baptist (24 June)
1341-91 Grigoriou St Nicholas (6 December)
1541 Stavronikita St Nicholas (6 December)




The monasteries of Mount Athos give out email addresses only at their own discretion.



The postal address for any monastery on Athos is

63086 Karyes
Agion Oros

IM stands for Iera Moni ("Holy Monastery")
IMM stands for Iera Megisti Moni ("Holy Great Monastery", a title applied to the Lavra and Vatopedi)

Telephone and Fax

The area code for Athos is (0) 23770 (unless otherwise indicated in parentheses below). If calling from outside Greece, the area code and number should be preceded by the access code for Greece (00-30 from Europe, 011-30 from North America). Sample numbers (Vatopedi Monastery):
From North America: 011-30-23770-41488
From Europe: 00-30-23770-41488
The best time to call is between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Holy Community
& Holy Epistasia
23221 23315 (archigrammateus)
Civil governor 23230
Doctor 23217
Police 23212
Post office 23214

Harbour 23300
Police 23222
Post office 23297

(in order of precedence)
Great Lavra 23754 23013
Vatopedi 41488 41462
Iviron 23643 23248
Hilandar 23797 23494
Dionysiou 23687 23686
Koutloumousiou 23226 23731
Pantokratoros 23880 23685
Xeropotamou 23251 23733
Zographou 23247 23247
Dochiariou 23245 23245
Karakalou 23225 23746
Philotheou 23256 23674
Simonopetra 23254 (23750) 94098
St Paul's 23741 23355
Stavronikita 23255 23255
Xenophontos 23633 23631
Grigoriou 23668 23671
Esphigmenou 23229
St Panteleimonos 23252 23252
Konstamonitou 23228 23228

Prodromos 23294
St Anne's 23320
Little St Anne's 23321
Kafsokalyvia 23319
Katounakia 23368
Karoulia 23342
Kerasia 24039
Skete of Iviron 23296
Skete of Koutloumousiou 23259
Skete of Pantokratoros 23304
New Skete 23656
Lakkou 23636
Skete of Xenophontos 23301
Skete of St Andrew 23810 & 23824.
St Basil's 23317
Provata 23216

Supplementary List of Useful Numbers for Travellers to Mt Athos
supplied by a member of FoMA
Demographic Mapping for Mt. Athos,
This Danish online resource for mapping demographic information, City Population, maps and publishes statistics for Mount Athos on population, density of settlement, and documentation of changing demographics. Data derived from recent censuses are provided by the General Secretariat of National Statistical Service of Greece.


Archimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instruction and Discourses, vol. 1: The Authentic Seal (Ormylia, 1999).

——, The Way of the Spirit: Reflections on Life in God, trans. Maximos Simonopetritis (Athens, 2009).

A. Bryer and M. Cunningham (eds), Mount Athos and Byzantine Monasticism (Aldershot, 1996).

R. Byron, The Station: Athos: Treasures and Men (London, 1931; repr. London, 1984).

C. Cavarnos, Anchored in God: An Inside Account of Life, Art, and Thought on the Holy Mountain of Athos (Athens, 1959).

——, The Holy Mountain (Belmont, MA, 1973).

M. Choukas, Black Angels of Athos (London, 1935).

Priestmonk Christodoulos, Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain (Mount Athos, 1998).

D. Conomos and G. Speake (eds), Mount Athos the Sacred Bridge: The Spirituality of the Holy Mountain (Oxford, 2005).

R. Curzon, Visits to Monasteries in the Levant, 3rd edn (London, 1850).

F. da Costa, Florilège du Mont Athos (Paris, 2005).

R.M. Dawkins, The Monks of Athos (London, 1936).

V. della Dora, Imagining Mount Athos: Visions of a Holy Place from Homer to World War II (Charlottesvile, VA, and London, 2011).

N. Fennell, The Russians on Athos (Oxford, 2001).

Hieromonk Alexander (Golitzin), trans., The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain: Contemporary Voices from Mount Athos (South Canaan, PA, 1996).

R. Gothóni, Paradise within Reach: Monasticism and Pilgrimage on Mount Athos (Helsinki, 1993).

——, Tales and Truth: Pilgrimage on Mount Athos Past and Present (Helsinki, 1994).

R. Gothóni and G. Speake (eds), The Monastic Magnet: Roads to and from Mount Athos (Oxford, 2008).

F.W. Hasluck,  Athos and its Monasteries (London, 1924).

The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi: Tradition—History—Art, 2 vols (Mount Athos, 1998).

Hieromonk Isaac, Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, trans. Hieromonk Alexis and Fr Peter Heers (Chalkidiki, 2012).

Elder Joseph, Elder Joseph the Hesychast: Struggles—Experiences—Teachings (1898–1959) (Mount Athos, 1999).

S. Kadas, Mount Athos: An Illustrated Guide to the Monasteries and their History (Athens, 1979).

C. Karambelas, Contemporary Ascetics of Mount Athos, 2 vols (Platina, CA, 1992).

S. Loch, Athos. The Holy Mountain (London, 1957).

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia, Mount Athos: The Highest Place on Earth, trans. C. Makropoulos (Athens, 2007).

J.J. Norwich and R. Sitwell, Mount Athos (London, 1966).

S. Papadopoulos (ed.), Simonopetra. Mount Athos (Athens, 1991).

A.   Riley, Athos or the Mountain of the Monks (London, 1887).

P. Sherrard, Athos, the Mountain of Silence (London, 1960).

——, “The Paths of Athos”, Eastern Churches Review, 9:1 (1977), 100–7.

——, Athos: The Holy Mountain (London, 1982).

Archimandrite Sophrony, Saint Silouan the Athonite, trans. R. Edmonds (Tolleshunt Knights, 1991).

G. Speake, Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise (New Haven, CT, and London, 2002).

G. Speake and K. Ware (eds), Mount Athos: Microcosm of the Christian East (Oxford, 2012).

A.-E.N. Tachiaos (ed.), Mount Athos and the European Community (Thessaloniki, 1993).

P. Theocharides, P. Foundas, S. Stefanou, Greek Traditional Architecture: Mount Athos (Athens, 1992).

W.B. Thomas, Dare to be Free (London, 1951).

K.T. Ware, “Wolves and Monks: Life on the Holy Mountain Today”, Sobornost, 5:2 (1983), 56–68.

——, The Orthodox Church, 2nd edn (Harmondsworth, 1993).

For further reading, see our list of Books of Athonite Interest: A List of Books Reviewed in the FoMA Annual Reports or Reported by Members of the Friends of Mount Athos

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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.