Who ever wants to visit the Holy Mountain and is not of the Orthodox faith, has to get his name on the “list of 10”, because only 10 non Ortodox pilgrims are allowed on the Holy Mountain every day. You can make a reservation 6 months before your planned date of arrival and you first have call 0030-2310-25 25 78 and here if there are still places available. Mr Alexander Gikas will give you the answer and he will ask you to fax 2310 – 22 24 24 your personal information (your complete name, date of birth, passportnumber + issue and expire date, and a copy of it), or write to the following adres:
The Holy Executive of the Holy Mount Athos
Mr. A. Gikas
Egnatia Odos 109
Greece (look here if it is still up-to-date – in German: Merkblatt 03-2008 German Consulate) NB. The possebility to contact the Bureau by e-mail has been cancelled.
In Greece you never know if things are still the same, because Vasilis informed us yesterday that this building Agioritiki Estia was hit by Molotov-cocktails last friday during heavy riots in Thessaloniki and it might have caught fire.
But in fact there is no reason to go to Thessaloniki, besides that is a beautiful place to be, because the trip from the airport to the busstation where the busses to Ouranopolis leave, is short and it saves a lot of time.
But Thessaloniki is worth to visit, I’ll show you why in the near future.