Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.
Generally, the office issues only 10 permits per day for non-orthodox pilgrims (foreigners) and 100 for Greeks and orthodox pilgrims.
Mount Athos is a self-governed territory of the Greek state (regarding its religious aspect it is subject to the Ecumenical Patriarch).
Mount Athos is governed by the “Holy Community” a council of representatives from the 20 monasteries with the participation of the Greek State.
The daily life of the monks is divided into 3 parts: Eight hours for study and individual prayer, eight hours for work, and eight for rest.