For the pilgrims

General rules of conduct on Mount Athos

Many tourists wish to visit the Holy Mountain. But they do not know the differences between pilgrimage and tourism.
Even many of the faithful pilgrims do not realize that the main job of the monks is not to receive and care for guests! Guests are an additional concern for the brothers.
Everyone would like not to be made to walk to the monastery, to lie down in clean bedding in a clean room, to be fed hot delicious food... All this is expense and labor.
There are a number of peculiarities in monastic life!
Monasteries do not ask their guests to pay anything - not for transport to the monastery from the port and back, not for accommodation for the night, not for food. The Mons are constantly praying for you and your loved ones!
And very often guests make claims: for example, that the monastery has no right to refuse them admission, they want a taxi to take them around the Holy Mountain, they want rooms for one person, they want special treatment, ...

At the same time, many guests do not observe elementary requirements related to the clearance of reservations and to life in the monastery.
We implore every guest of the monastery to respect the requirements:

1. Your stay on Mount Athos should be in humility and reverence, as befits holy places.
2. Clothing on Mount Athos is very important. During the divine services it is necessary to observe a certain dress code: long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, closed shoes. In summer, it is allowed to wear sandals, but always with socks. Tracksuits, sportswear and clothes with inscriptions and drawings should be avoided. The same rules apply to children.
Do not go in the corridors and outside the Monastery in indecent clothing.
3. Orthodox Christian clergy and monastics should wear cassock or ryassa throughout their stay. During divine services in church and at meals, it is obligatory to wear a ryassa and veil (for monastics).
4. Cell phones should be turned off during the services, in church and at the monastery trapeza (refectory).
5. Non-Orthodox visitors during the services are allowed to stay only in the narthex of the church.
6. Your presence in the church, during the divine services, and at the monastery trapeza (refectory) should be as quiet and silent as possible. Be respectful of our schedule. Do not talk outside the rooms after 20:00.
7. Do not pick fruits, vegetables and flowers.
8. The use of TV, radio and music-playing devices is strictly prohibited!
9. Smoking is prohibited in almost the entire territory of Mount Athos, except in designated areas. Eating and drinking are forbidden inside the Monastery, in the corridors and in the rooms!
10. Hunting of animals, fishing and bringing in weapons and dogs is prohibited.
11. It is forbidden to bring meat and meat products to the Holy Mountain!
12. Be very careful when using incendiary devices and flammable substances to avoid fires, especially in summer. It is strictly forbidden to sleep in tents in the forest and any kind of camping!
13. Audio and video recording is prohibited on the territory of any monasteries, cells (kellia), sketes of the monastic community.
14. It is forbidden to photograph monks and the inside of buildings (church, refectory, monastic buildings) without special permission.
15. Pilgrims are kindly asked to vacate the rooms by 09:00-10:00.

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If you have any questions, ask the Archondars (Guestmasters).