Patmos - Monastery and Cave of St. John
The Sacred Island of Patmos lies at the northwestern extremity of the Dodecanese between the islands of Ikaria and Leros. An island of rare beauty captivating the visitor at first glance, with its picturesque harbor dominated by the imposing Monastery of St. John standing on the hill above. Leaving Skala harbor, you take a 10-minute drive to the impressive village of Chora. The Monastery of St. John is situated amongst gleaming white houses forming a startling contrast to its dark mass.
The Blessed Christodoulos, Servant of Christ, built the Monastery in 1088. It has thick, high walls crowned all around with battlements and a total of eight chapels.
Patmos - Patmos Highlights
The tour visits the Cave of the Apocalypse home to the birth of the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Holy Bible. In 95AD, at the time of the persecution of the Christians, St. John was exiled to the Island of Patmos where the vision of the Revelation was revealed to him in this small cave which has now become a place of worship and an important destination for pilgrims.
Patmos - Patmos Scenic Tour
An interesting scenic island tour has been designed for those of you who prefer to discover the beauties of Patmos within the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach . Commencing your tour from the port of Skala you will drive half way up the mountain to the cave of St John to visit the most important site of the island. Your sightseeing will then bring you to the windmills of Chora, once upon a time the landmark of all Aegean islands. Enjoy the view, take photos and from there we continue to the south part of the island and observe the highest point of the island and the small village of Gricou.
Patmos - Spirit of Patmos
Leaving Skala harbor your tour will start by visiting the Grotto of St. John taking the form of a 17th century Monastery built around the cave where St. John spent two years living the life of an ascetic (95-97 AD). Under the influence of visions, St John wrote the Apocalypse, dictating it to his disciple Prochoros.
We then drive up to the most impressive village of Chora, the capital of the island. On top of the hill, lies the Monastery of St. John, a Byzantine building, built in 1088 by the Blessed Christodoulos, servant of Christ. Behind its imposing thick, high walls, there is a fantastic array of religious treasures, relics of saints, priceless heirlooms, jewellery and votive offerings. Monastery's library is of great importance with a rare collection of books and manuscripts.
Patmos - Full Day Island Tour
An air-conditioned coach will start from the port of Skala and drive half way up the mountain to the Cave of St John to visit the most important site of the island.
Here is where St John the Theolgian wrote the Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Once visited your tour guide will proceed to the Monastery of St.John . Christodoulos, Servant of Christ, built the Monastery in 1088. Its castle like structure crowned all around with battlements has a total of eight chapels inside. Once entering the courtyard one can see the intricately designed frescoes adorning the main chapel entrance.
The Monastery’s museum houses a magnificent collection of jeweled chalices, crowns and crosses. In addition, amongst the many icons and religious paintings there is an original El Greco painting which is one of his first. The library, which unfortunately is not open to the public, has many ancient books exhibited in the museum.