Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos

4.7
Inscribed on the World Heritage List, Monastery of Saint John the Theologian 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 Saint John the Theologian 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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  • Nothing too special, I anticipated more, but I guess it is better that it is quiet and not "too touristy". Go for a visit, it would be nice if you have a guide with you to explain some things, or do....  more »
  • My wife and I were very happy that our ship, the MV Celestyal Olympia, visited Patmos, on a cruise around the Greek Islands. As practising Catholics, we looked forward to seeing the cave where St...  more »
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  • Nice location in itself. Lots of small streets with the monastery in the middle. It contains a small museum you can visit (4€) with a lot of historical artefacts pertaining to the Orthodox Catholic Church. Great view over the island.
  • Breathtaking Monastery that you need to visit while on the island. Built in 1088 AC with an exterior like a castle to offer protection from pirates, it stands like a crown in Chora. There are buses that can take you there or you can get a taxi. You can take wonderful photos of Patmos from up there.

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