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Monastery of St. John

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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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Stunning Monastery and views

I have been going to this Monastery since July 2014. Well worth visiting. A, "Do not miss " if you're in Patmos. The ticket is only 4 Euros, this includes visit to Museum. Please... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I have been going to this Monastery since July 2014. Well worth visiting. A, "Do not miss " if you're in Patmos. The ticket is only 4 Euros, this includes visit to Museum. Please respect proper attire when visiting and no photographs only in the courtyard or the roof, the Greeks are very touchy about this and quiet right. Apart... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I visited mainly for the supposed historical significance and the beauty of the art and architecture, not the association with St. John the Evangelist. Unfortunately, our guide was rabid on the subject. This site and St. John's cave will be most interesting to those who think of the visit as a pilgrimage. On the up side, there are some decent... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lovely paintings adorn the walls outside the sanctuary. There were beautiful views as well. The museum had some very interesting artifacts. Even the hike up the hill was nice.

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Bodrum City, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I could see the monastery when our ferry was approaching the island. Make sure to obtain a map of the island even though it's not that big. The monastery is in the Hora area of the island and at the top of the hill. As you ascend the stairs that leads to the entrace, someone will take your picture which... More 

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Beaufort, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

There are lots of stairs to reach the monastery. It is a beautiful place and the museum is full of interesting artifacts and old manuscripts. We had a wonderful guide which added so much to our visit. A guide is necessary to get the full benefit of a visit.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A long hot walk up a tonne of stairs paid off well in this monastery. It was beautiful and you could feel history within its walls. The museum was very special and interesting. I recommend covering your shoulders and knees to show respect for the people who live and work here.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Beautiful monastery and chapel, with a breathtaking collection in the museum and an incredible history in a spectacular setting.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Wonderful old monastery with treasures not only in icons and religious objects but also in old books. Apart from the churches the museum is a must to see. And the views are amazing! In the right side of the main church is the Chapel of Virgin Mary. Look for the icon on the temple "Η ΚΥΡΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΓΕΛΩΝ". And enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Beautiful Monastery that reveals so much Christian history. Founded in the Eleventh Century, this is a treasure of the faith. See the main chapel and the museum. A basic understanding of Eastern Orthodox worship and theology would be tremendously helpful before going. A tour guide is recommended to ensure that you don't miss anything!

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I always wonder how they built these huge churches and monasteries so many years ago, and this one is amazing! Check the times before traveling up to the monastery, since the hours change, but this is a must-see on this beautiful island!

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