The diamonitirion (Greek: διαμονητήριον) is a distinct written allow required for access to Mount Athos this is obligatory for all guests.
The diamonitirion is granted most effective to males, since ladies are forbidden from coming into Mount Athos. Pilgrim programs are made on the Mount Athos Pilgrims’ Bureau in Thessaloniki, whilst guests from holy orders (Orthodox priests and clerics) should additionally search written permission (evlogia) from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Candidates then should consult with the Mount Athos Pilgrims’ Bureau in Ouranoupoli, in most cases at the morning of the departure for Mount Athos, to obtain the real diamonitirion.
There are two varieties of diamonitirions:
- The genikon diamonitirion or “basic allow” is issued by means of the Pilgrims’ Bureau (formally referred to as the Holy Government οf the Holy Mount Athos – Pilgrims’ Bureau) in Thessaloniki, situated on Egnatia Boulevard close to the Arch of Galerius. This allow offers the precise to stick in Mount Athos for three nights (4 days together with the day of departure). It may be prolonged in Karyes if vital, normally for an extra two nights. This allow is restricted to 100 Orthodox guests and 10 non-Orthodox guests according to day. Pilgrims can follow as much as 6 months prematurely. Prime season is most often throughout July, August, Christmas, Orthodox Lent, and Easter, and slots might replenish a couple of months prematurely.
- The idikon diamonitirion or “person allow” (Greek: ειδικον διαμονητήριον) is issued by means of the monastery itself for a length in most cases from 4 days to one 12 months, formally with the precise to live most effective within the monastery indicated within the invitation (even though in observe, a pilgrim with this permission might in reality additionally keep in a single day in every other monastery).
Pilgrims should at all times stay their diamonitirion with them all the time throughout their consult with to Mount Athos.