Any visitor before entering Mount Athos should hold, in advance, a special permit to reside and visit, known as “Diamonitirio”. The, so called, Diamonitirio can be obtained by showing to the authorized office a valid identity card or passport. The authorized office for the pilgrims (in Greek: “Iera Epistasia”) of the Holy Mountain is located in Thessaloniki (tel: +302310252575 or fax: +302310222424) at 109 Egnatia Str., 54622 Thessaloniki. The visitor will find it easily and very close to Arch of Galerius at the city center. The Diamonitirio can be obtained also at Ouranoupolis, Halkidiki (tel. +302377071422). Information requested is the following: full name, date of birth, passport number, issuing date and issuing authority. A special stamp/sticker is needed on the Diamonitirio. The price of the special sticker is € 25,00 for the Orthodox Christians, € 35,00 for heterodox Christians and for believers of other religions. This document allows the visitor to visit and stay for a period of seven days at any of the twenty Monasteries of the Holy Community.
Fondest memory: General information from the official website of the Athos Mountain you will find: http://www.inathos.gr/
Information on access and accommodation can be found at: http://www.mountathosinfos.gr/home.en.html
To view the Central Office (“Iera Epistasia”) of the Holy Mountain in Thessaloniki on the map:
To find the bus routes of Halkidiki Bus Company (KTEL of Halkidiki) to Ouranoupoli or Ierissos, visit:
Brotherhood of the Holy Monastery of Hilandar assigns visitors certificate of visiting the Monastery. I’ll paraphrase the text on it (‘cause I don’t know to translate church terms).
Of the Holy Emperor Monastery Hilandar
ALEKSANDAR J. BILIC
Who visited our Monastery and gave away to the cradle of Saint Sava’s spirituality.
In the year of the Lord,
In the Monastery Hilandar, 4/17th* February 2002
Administration, Archimandrite Moses
(4/17 means 4th February by the Old Calendar and 17th February by the new one)
On the top of the medal is icon of the Holy Mother of God Trojerucica (Three hands). On the left side is Saint Sava, and on the right is his father Saint Simeon Mirotocivi. On the bottom is “800 years”.