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Monastery of St. John, Patmos

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Inscribed on the World Heritage List, Monastery of St. John represents an 11th-century Greek Orthodox monastery perched on a hilltop. Explore the cobblestone masterpiece, filled with interconnecting courtyards and open-air walkways traversed with arches, chapels, stairways, and arcades. Climb to the rooftop to visit the roof terraces for a spectacular view of the island. Within the monastery you'll find colorful 12th-century religious frescoes and a treasury filled with religious art and valuable objects. Of particular mention is the site of the Cave of the Apocalypse, reportedly where St. John the Divine experienced his revelations. Currently, the monastery is inhabited by about 40 monks, so visiting hours are limited--check online in advance. You can journey up by bus, or on foot along a beautiful old cobbled path. Put Monastery of St. John and other Patmos attractions into our Patmos itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It was nice to go up and see it. Very interesting site. We didn't go with a tour so you may learn quite a bit more if you do join a tour. You should get a drive to get you closer to the location unles...  more »
  • We were there with a small group, but there were many other groups there. Still we could see all if we were patient. The small chapel is full of paintings which are magnificent. The museum on the seco...  more »
  • We were here over the Easter weekend, and joined in several of the celebrations. All a great combination of reverence and joy!  more »