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Monastery of St. John

Address: Greece
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Patmos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
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9 attraction reviews
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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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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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Rockford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Monastery was worth the visit. It was beautiful full of historical artifacts. A tour group is not needed to enjoy the site.

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Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Walking through the narrow streets of Hora in the vicinity of the monastery. A wonderful view of the island from the top of the monastery.

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