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Monastery of St. John

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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Patmos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
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Darwin, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Thousand year old monastery brilliantly preserved with treasures from the ancient and medieval world. Stunning iconography and amazing relics that can only be found here. Overall an awesome experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A glimps into the ancient world of the monastics - Quite amazing! The religious art, fortress like architecture and observing the monks performing Holy Week services was life changing.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Well worth the visit, interesting and inspiring, lots of relics, exquisite frescoes, religious art, the treasury and the museum are worth the visit. Lots of steps as built as a fortress, yet worth the visit to be at the site where it is said St. John wrote the gospel and received the visions of the last book of the New... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

For the Christian believer this is truly an inspiring place to visit. As is the cave where St John received the revelation from God. Unforgettable experience!

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you go in winter, be sure before you set out that you'll be able to get in. When I went, in December, the monastery museum, which was my main reason for coming, turned out to be closed to visitors and I could only really see the outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We visited Patmos whilst we were on a cruise. The walk was graded 2 but should have been a 4 as there are lots of steps up to the monastery and its not easy for people who find walking hard. The monastery is very interesting and worth the walk. The museum is also worth a visit. The guide books are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Got the hire car and set off for the monastery and holy cave of St John. The road was very steep amd narrow. Went to the cave first and into the chapel inside it. Couldn't take pictures but bought postcards. Very large comfortable cave with a fairly small building over it. Amazing to think that this where St John dictated... More

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K-W, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The monastery was a walk through history, a very pleasant experience. Interesting museum well worth the tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The monastery and the cave were the two main reasons we came to Patmos. The monastery was beautiful and had a nice museum. While we were there, one of the priests stopped by and said to my wife: "You look very peaceful and happy." She replied, "I am." He stayed talking with us for quite a while, telling us some... More

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Medford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

St. John's Monastery in Chora had somewhat of a magical feel to it. The tour itself wasn't all that long and you couldn't see much of the Monastery, but there's such a calm and peaceful energy about this place. You can walk around the town of Chora, visit some of the shops, check out the local artists (incredibly talented by... More

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