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Address: Greece
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
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Description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John...
Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
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Interesting to contemplate

This was a beautiful place and it was very interesting to contemplate John being in that area writing the Book of Revelations. The museum was interesting with I think the oldest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Redding, California
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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was a beautiful place and it was very interesting to contemplate John being in that area writing the Book of Revelations. The museum was interesting with I think the oldest bible ever...LOL, I don't know, but there can't be many much older! Very cool stuff! Beautiful ancient church.

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Simi Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It was somewhat of a climb to get up to the monastery. Along the way, there are shops and small restaurants in the event you want souvenirs or a drink/snack. We were on a tour so we were given much history as we walked among the ruins. The site from above was fabulous. I would recommend good and comfortable walking... More 

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greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very beautiful place to visit. Not much to do when inside, few churches and a very nice museum but a nice place for pictures. Museum has so many old artifacts, books from 6ad etc. Very nice and peaceful place to visit. 4euro entry to monastery and 6euro entry to the museum. Ladies to cover legs when inside the monastery, they... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This monastery has a commanding view of the island of Patmos; a grand Orthodox chapel. I enjoyed the museum, which had a 6th century Bible manuscript, other interesting paraphernalia including documents from Ottoman sultans Mehmet II & Suleiman the Magnificent. Definitely worth a visit.

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Chestertown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We took a tour up to the Monastery and also had a wonderful walk through the back "streets" of the old town built around it. Toured the inside of a house as well. The Monastery was nice with a small, but interesting museum area. Views were amazing as well.

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This 11th century stone monastery was impressive even in the distance as we docked in port. At first it appears more like a massive Moorish fort sitting atop a high hill in Spain. The museum inside the monastery has some very ancient relics, beautifully decorated old manuscripts and Byzantine frescos. There were panoramic views of Patmos, our ship docked in... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

So much history and art, fantastic view of the island. Visited the cafe of the Apocalypse. No wonder this island is protected by UNESCO

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We were the first through the doors and although not Christian, had a special experience. We tried very hard to show respect throughout, not venturing where prohibited and whispering always in hushed tones. The Russian women who arrived a half hour after us did not seem to feel the same way and shouted to each other repeatedly across the property.... More 

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We were ready to dismiss this monastery as just another site, but it rreally is a lovely place. Breathtaking views, cool quiet courtyards, well tended pots of plants as well as antiquities, 'bling' and buckets of history. Don't miss it

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A magical place, definitely a must-see on the island. For the view, the unique atmosphere, the mosaics, and the sense of history

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