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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  • The first thing you notice on Patmos is the monastery of St John the Divine or the Evangelist. It's nice to be a part of history at least in this way...A trip for us who stayed at Samos who is worthy ...  more »
  • A hallmark of Patmos. Wonderful, magnificent, medieval castle-monastery with a rich history and religious spiritual value. Located on the highest point of the country and the view is unobstructed and stunning to the island of Patmos, the Aegean and the nearby islands. I admire the enormous walls that surround the monastery, the architecture of the monastery, the Church, the belfry, cells and the priceless treasures that are kept in the Museum. It is worth visiting the Museum, the exhibits are katpliktika (store and Byzantine Golden Bull island's concession, vestments, Gospels, byzantika relics, etc) and the symbolic price. It is necessary to visit the monastery to all visitors of Patmos, in particular to lovers of history and thriskeyomenoys people.
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  • We were on holiday in Samos. The same day I arrived by speedboat at Holy Island of Patmos. From the port you admire the lovely scenery, revealed in front of you. And dominates the monastery. Castle would say. After a magical journey and a little walking, arrived. Pure revelation what I saw and experienced. The catholicon of the monastery. Solemnity! Too many visitors. Headed over to the Museum. Two-storey space. Many exhibits, priceless. Everything very nicely arranged. Special signs in katatopizoyn. Ecclesiastical utensils, pictures, scripts, sigils, chrysobulls of Byzantine emperors, the Sultan's diktats ... Spirituality and awe. Communication with monks too useful, constructive. Then headed over to the cave of the Apocalypse. Shocking sight. AWE, devoutness! The cleft of the rock, where the student of love wrote the Revelation! Emotion, prayer ...
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