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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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  • The most important religious State of Aegean Castle dominates the town of Patmos a world-class Memorial built by St. Christodoulos in 1088 after he was granted by Emperor komnenos Alexio is the most famous spot of Patmos.
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  • The monastery of St. John is a fantasy that you cannot describe it with words, you have to go to the live! The monastery of Saint John the theologian considered the Jerusalem of Greece!
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  • The grandest monastery that I've visited. the Church has very fine frescoes. the Museum that exists inside the monastery is amazing and has treasures of orthodoxy. the monastery overlooks the whole country.
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