This page contains guidelines for visiting the Monastery during the day. If you would like to stay overnight, please see the additional instructions.
The Monastery accepts day visitors who wish to see the grounds from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM seven days a week. No tourists will be accepted after 2:30 PM. Day visitors can stay for the church services after 2:30 pm. Please notify a father at the gatehouse if you wish stay for the service.
If you are in a group of ten or more people, please call in advance so that we may be properly prepared to receive you.
All visitors are asked to stop at the gatehouse upon arrival. If a monk is not immediately available at the Bookstore when you arrive, we kindly ask that you wait at the gift shop until one of the monks returns.
Visitors must be properly attired to enter the Monastery grounds. In general, clothing should be modest and loose-fitting, and include the following:
- Orthodox clergy must wear a cassock (raso) in the Monastery and an outer cassock (exoraso) in the services.
- Men must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts
- Women must wear long skirts, long-sleeved blouses, and scarves. (Please, no pants/slacks (unless worn under skirt), no tight-fitting clothing, no skirts with slits, hats, low-cut blouses, or sheer or small scarves)
- Shoes/sandals must be worn with socks at all times. Please do not wear sheer stockings. Please wear practical and comfortable flat shoes while at the Monastery as it is desert terrain and the pathways are of rough flagstone. Please wear flat shoes No high heels, platform shoes or open-toed sandals.
- Pilgrims staying at the Monastery and all those attending church services must observe the order of the Monastery.
If you are not properly attired, please go directly to the Bookstore, where there is a limited supply of clothing for your use. In the guest houses, we ask that you remain properly dressed when outside your room, since the fathers often have need to enter the common areas.
Respect for the Monastery Environment
Due to the sanctity of this Holy place we kindly ask that you respect the quiet and solitude of the Monastery while on the grounds. Visitors are not permitted to enter the monks' living quarters, guest houses, dining hall nor walk on the porches around them. Cell phones must be left on the silent/vibrate mode while on the grounds.
Smoking anywhere within the Holy grounds is strictly forbidden. Loud talking and laughing are always inappropriate.
Children should not roam freely on the Holy grounds, but remain under parental supervision at all times.
No pets are allowed on the monastery grounds. The only exception is guide dogs for the blind (guide dogs are not allowed inside the churches).
Monastery grounds are wheelchair accessible. Click to download the map of the grounds.
Photographs (including videos) may be taken of the buildings, the grounds and inside the Church. Please ask before taking photographs of any of the monks or guests. Photographs (including videos) are not allowed during the services unless it has a blessing from the Abbot.
Non-Orthodox visitors are asked to participate in the services from the Narthex. Also, Catechumens are dismissed at the appropriate times during the services.