Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  South Aegean  /  Dodecanese  /  Patmos  /  Historic Sites  /  Monastery of St. John
Monastery of St. John, Patmos
(4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Patmos itinerary

Plan your trip to Patmos

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • Patmos is associated with St John, author or the Gospel and Epistles that bear his name and also of the Book of Revelation. One need not be a believer to appreciate the Monastery - and the Cave where ...  more »
  • The monastery is one of the most beautiful monuments of Patmos. Has also a museum that you should defenetly visit for its wonderful masterpieces. You will notice though that despite its bulk, the mona...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit, the interiors of the chapels were richly decorated & most impressive. It was a fascinating place to explore. Our guide gave us very good advice about taking photographs, d...  more »