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. With our world travel planner, Patmos attractions like Monastery of St. John can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Imposing monastery dominates the top of the country like Castle, stunning murals and images of the 16-17 century, unique iconostasis, extremely exhibits at the Museum, beautiful space well, brilliant story, necessary visit. ...
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  • Climbed by bus for about €2 and it took me about 15 minutes of. There are buses up and down of 30 in 30 minutes. The place is beautiful and has a view over the island. The monastery has enough originality but suffers from having too many closed spaces to the public. The entrance ticket is €6 if I'm not mistaken!
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  • Maybe it is the reason why, along with the cave of the Apocalypse, who are the Patmos so popular k attracts tourists from all over the world. All Hora with the only are protected monuments of cultural heritage of UNESCO, Ms is more than necessary to visit if you are on the island. Inside the Castle, the edifice is many centuries the views breathtaking!
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