Basic Conditions for Admission to Mount Athos In accordance with a "Chryssobul" (edict) issued by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Monomahos, in 1060 A.D. which still remains valid, conditions for entering the territory of Mt.Athos are as follows:
(a) A permit is required for both individuals and groups. This is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Af- fairs, Directorate of Churches (at No 2, Zalokosta Street, in Athens, tel: 3626.894) or by the Ministry of Northern Greece, Directorate of Civil Affairs at Diiki- tiriou Square in Thessaloniki, tel. 031/270.092.
(b) Women are not admitted into the territory.
(c) Overnight stay is forbidden except for those who have proven religious or scientific interests in the area and are over 18 years old.
Once the entrance permit has been secured, the visi- tor setting out from Ouranoupolis or Tripiti by motor- ship will sail to Dafni and thence overland to Kariés, the capital where the elders used to assemble to de- cide on matters of internal administration. In Kariés stands the church of Protatos, the oldest in the area ( 10th century). It is without doubt an important archi- tectural monument and contains frescoes painted by Emmanuel Panselinos, the last of the great painters of murals of the Macedonian School of Art to which the older of the frescoes in other churches on Mt. Athos also belong. Murals of this school of art as well as murals of the Cretan School of Art, which flourished later, decorate the churches in the monasteries of Agia Lavra, Vatopedi, Iviron, Koutloumousiou, Doheiariou, etc.
As he roams through the various monasteries, the
visitor will feel impressed not only by the frescoes but also by the rich libraries, the mosaïcs, the precious art miniatures, the ecclesiastical utensils and the various relics kept in the treasuries....
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