Monastery of St. John
Monastery of St. John
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Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
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  • Gwen A
    Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring. More than a Monastery
    The incredible survival of this monastery against raids and wars is impressive. The vision of its builder who did so much to develop Patmos as a whole for the benefit of all its inhabitants is the Gospel in action. Seeing how John the Apostle was persecuted for his faith in Jesus is an encouragement to all Christians today to persevere in loyalty to Jesus. Read at least Revelations chapter 1 before you come.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, South Carolina651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Biblical history
    John the Apostle is said to have written the Christian New Testament Book of Revelations in a cave here. The cave is open to the public and we saw a Greek Orthodox Priest performing some sort of ceremony when we were there. This is a most-see.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • RanchoScrapper
    85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but prepared for a hike, not a leisurely walk!
    We were on Patmos for a short day during a cruise. We decided to take the "walk" to the monestary. It is a steep hike, not a walk! It has a roughly-cobbled path up the hill. Several in our group turned back 1/2 way up the hill. The monestary is beautiful. Don't miss it. However, if anyone in your group is not up for a hike/strenuous walk, I recommend a taxi! We left the monestary as it closed. There were no more taxis running. It was a long, tough walk back down in the dark (no lighting on the path). We weren't prepared for a hike, so several of us struggled coming down the steep, rough paths w/o tennis shoes/hiking boots. Just wish We would have been prepared.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Dean-Traveller
    Mugla, Türkiye927 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greek Orthodox monastery of St John on the hilltop of Patmos
    The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian has the village of Chora built around its fortifications. This Greek Orthodox monastery was founded in 1088 on the hilltop of the island of Patmos. The monastery became a UNESCO heritage site in 1999. The Monastery was named after St. John of Patmos, the author of the Christian Book of Revelation. The cave where John received the revelation from Christ is lower down the hillside. Many people visit on excursions from the cruise boat tender port in Skala, but a short taxi ride from Skala is a less expensive way to visit. It is a long, steep hike on cobbled streets to make the journey by foot. This is an active site of worship as well as a museum, so respectful dress and behaviour is expected. The museum has many ancient texts and bibles. The site can be crowded when cruise boats are in port.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
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NSTAVROS
Athens, Greece686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos is perhaps the most important monastic complex in the Aegean Sea. Saint Christodoulos was the founder of the monastery (1088).Built on the top of a mountain, apparently on the site of the temple of Artemis and an early Christian basilica, the monastery is surrounded by an irregular rectangular defensive enclosure dating from the end of the 11th century. until the 17th century.
The monastery's richest Library and Collection of its relics, the most important examples of which can be admired in the visiting sacristy, are considered famous.
Written September 26, 2022
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Gwen A
Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The incredible survival of this monastery against raids and wars is impressive. The vision of its builder who did so much to develop Patmos as a whole for the benefit of all its inhabitants is the Gospel in action. Seeing how John the Apostle was persecuted for his faith in Jesus is an encouragement to all Christians today to persevere in loyalty to Jesus. Read at least Revelations chapter 1 before you come.
Written April 23, 2023
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
John the Apostle is said to have written the Christian New Testament Book of Revelations in a cave here. The cave is open to the public and we saw a Greek Orthodox Priest performing some sort of ceremony when we were there. This is a most-see.
Written September 17, 2023
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RanchoScrapper
Rancho Cucamonga85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We were on Patmos for a short day during a cruise. We decided to take the "walk" to the monestary. It is a steep hike, not a walk! It has a roughly-cobbled path up the hill. Several in our group turned back 1/2 way up the hill. The monestary is beautiful. Don't miss it. However, if anyone in your group is not up for a hike/strenuous walk, I recommend a taxi! We left the monestary as it closed. There were no more taxis running. It was a long, tough walk back down in the dark (no lighting on the path). We weren't prepared for a hike, so several of us struggled coming down the steep, rough paths w/o tennis shoes/hiking boots. Just wish We would have been prepared.
Written December 3, 2023
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NatMcN
Brussels, Belgium117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I find this quite moving, that the head monk chose to stay open to tourists despite the threat of the virus to him and his elderly peers. Since they don’t charge admission, it’s not for the revenue. I’m grateful we could visit.
Written August 21, 2020
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Went on a NCL cruise and made a stop here. What a beautiful view from the top. Took about one hour, but I'm sure you could spend several hours here. Island seems quite and peaceful.
Written April 1, 2023
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gramps3421
Chappell Hill, TX250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The essence of the Holy Spirit filled my heart and soul both times that I have visited this sacred site. The museum is a site to behold with a wonderful mixture of relics and icons.
Written June 23, 2007
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Ronderland
Beirut, Lebanon3,125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Visiting patmos without going to this sacred place is meaningless. The church is a jewel by itself and the stunning part of the monastery is the museum rich in icons frescos and many other church items.
Written April 27, 2019
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David R
Cleveland, OH64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
We were followed around the entire time by the priest who was groping his gentiles and trying to lure us into a back room. This is beautiful and holy place however all travelers should beware of this man. I highly recommend visiting however keep a fair distance from this man. It was awkward and uncomfortable and a disgrace ,
Written December 1, 2017
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OTT12
London323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
The monastery sits on top of Chora the capital of Patmos island and it is a must visit whether you are religious or not.
Dedicated to St. John who wrote the Book of Revelation is perhaps one of the most important monasteries in the Christian religion and also a very important Byzantine building and architecture.
You can take a bus or taxi to get to the top or even walk if you are fit and have the time.
As with all religious sights dress sensibly.
The entrance fee is modest and it also includes entrance into the museum which contains some of the most important artefacts and scriptures of the Eastern Church.
The Byzantine frescos are simply superb.
After the visit enjoy the view over the island and don't forget to have a walk around the picturesque streets of Chora.
You must not miss the monastery, it's a hugely moving experience.
Written August 31, 2013
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