Category Archives: basic information/reservations

1499 – Athos glossary

When reading books about the Holy Mountain many words and terms are not immedeately clear. Here are a few examples: Iconostasis a screen, with doors, which divides the nave from the sanctuary and on which icons are placed in a … Continue reading

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1465 – Skites hotel and bungalows

When in Ouranoupolis don’t skip the Skites hotel and bungalows. You can’t miss it when walking to the Mt. Athos border 850 meters from the town. It is perfect place to stay or to eat and drink because totally different … Continue reading

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1459 – leaving for Athos from Ierissos instead

After visiting Athos 8 times it was about time to take the alternative route, starting in Ierissos. So in the morning of 23th of September 2013 we took a taxi from Ouranopolis to Ierissos for € 10 and 15 minutes … Continue reading

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1458 – From Saloniki with the bus to Ouranoupolis

In 2013 my fellow pilgrims and I drove in less then 3 hours from Haarlem, The Netherlands to the airport of Cologne/Bonn in Germany where we took a Germanwings flight directly to Thessaloniki. At the time for us the cheapest … Continue reading

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1386 – reservation to stay overnight in a monastery?

A bill from a hotel in Odessa for a Russian Athos pilgrim – 1915 When visiting Mount Athos many monateries or sketes require an advance reservation if you want to stay there overnight. Currently these 13 places need a reservation: … Continue reading

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1372 – walking distances in minutes

Konstamonitou GPS from * to min. GPS from * to min. – Megali Jovantsa * Proto Nero 80 x I.M. Xiropotamou * Stavros Dafni-Karyai 60 – Megali Jovantsa * Ars. Sografou 40 x Dafni * I.M. Panteleimonos 60 – Proto … Continue reading

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1348 – swimming on Mount Athos!?

It is ofcourse forbidden to swim in the waters round the Holy Mountain. Although tempting after a long walk. Your clothing has to be decent. Shirts with long sleeves, no shorts. But in 1947 they were not that harsh on … Continue reading

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1324 – Athos: only for "men of good character"

Planning a trip to Athos has not always been as easy as it is nowadays. As most of our readers know you only have to make sure that your name is on the list of the 10 “non-orthodox” visitors that … Continue reading

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1320 – rainfall radar for Athos

At this moment a member of our Athos group 2011 is back on the Holy Mountain and spends his first night in a monastery. At the moment there is a big difference in the weather situation compared with last year: in … Continue reading

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1271 – ways of transport

This is the normal way to start your visit to the mountain by taking the early boat in Ouranoupolis. Here our party of 2011 entering the boot to Dafni at appr. 6.30 hours in the morning. The price is EUR … Continue reading

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