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Monastery of St. John

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Address: Greece
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
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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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Nice castle like Byzantine structure

Patmos is the Jerusalem of the Agean Sea and the St. John's Monastery is definitely a must see. This huge structure looms in stark contrast to the gleaming white homes that rest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Patmos is the Jerusalem of the Agean Sea and the St. John's Monastery is definitely a must see. This huge structure looms in stark contrast to the gleaming white homes that rest below it's dark facade. It's quite amazing that the Monastery survived epic raids by Norman pirates in the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to take part in a church service in September 2015 and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I am greek orthodox so that helps obviously. Some of the rooms kept private from the masses were very special to see with my own eyes. During that particular service we arrived at 7am in the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Religious through n through Were is the Christian element its very hidden I feel this place is nice over the top & has a great view Go to the Cave 100 times better Not worth it in our opinion

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful place even if you are not into history and/ or religion. The view alone, makes this place worth while. We took a taxi from the port taxi rank - takes around 5-10 minutes to drive up - then walked up a short narrow street to the monastery. Not extremely steep and quite short, but definitely not a stroll... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

It's been more than a few years since I've been to the Monastery of St. John but looking back it's definitely been one of the most memorable experiences on the islands. Besides delicious food and heartfelt people...and the water of course....when traveling to Greece you must visit the churches. There are so many you can't help but continually stumble into... More 

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We had seen so many churches, cathedrals and monasteries we did not know what to expect. This is a wonderful place to visit if you ever get to this lovely city of Patmos. Very humbling, so much history beautiful location a pleasure to walk around without being hurried.

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Snohomish, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Well worth the trip! Loved walking around the narrow streets and enjoying the views.Could have spent many more hours here. A must when on Patmos!

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Very impressive monastery do not miss to visit it. Before to enter to the monastery check the view it is great

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Visiting the Monastery's Museum is a must. You get to see a 1.500 year old book, an original edict signed in red by a Byzantine Emperor a thousand years ago, an original edict by Charlemagne. You will surprised to see in the newer books of the Museum's collection, which are only 500 years old, that five hundred years ago the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The monastery is dedicated to Apostle John who wrote the Book of Revelation. There's a church and a museum. It's located in the town of Chora (Hora) which is very picturesque and worth spending a least a few hours to roam around its narrow cobble stoned streets.

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