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Monastery of St. John

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Not to be missed

The Monastery of St. John is probably the only visit not to be missed on Patmos. As often, it may... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland
A UNESCO World Heritage Site!

I had never been to Patmos but after doing my research, noted that everything there was to see was... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2016
Pompano Beach, Florida
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

The Monastery of St. John is probably the only visit not to be missed on Patmos. As often, it may be better to visit with a guide in order to get some explanations.

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Reviewed October 26, 2016

I had never been to Patmos but after doing my research, noted that everything there was to see was within close proximity to where the ship tenders would drop us off. It's a small island (about 13 sq. mi.) with a population of about 3,000...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2016

It felt like i was taken back in time as we went off season it was quiet love the way it was all so well maintained, when you payed you felt the money was going to good use. This was un assuming but felt so...More

Thank Tapiwa M
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

After visiting the grotto where St. John was said to receive visions that dictated the Book of Revelations, we next visited this monastery. There is a bit of a climb to reach it so comfortable shoes and modest dress are both requirements. It is well...More

1  Thank Rockport4
Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

This was a well preserved monastery which was founded in 1088. Our tour guide was well informed and explained many things about the chapel and the museum which made it interesting. There is a very old manuscript (6th century AD) of the book of Job...More

Thank PamC54
Reviewed October 6, 2016

One of the most mystical monasteries I have seen. Beautiful. There is the mainchurch, other chapels. the Museum. You must visit the Monastery of Saint John established by the monk Saint Christodoulos and of course the Apocalypse Cave where Saint John evangelist received the revelation.

Thank kfifane
Reviewed September 24, 2016

Very peaceful and beautiful Monastery. Definitely worth the visit and very peaceful to just sit in the courtyard after exploring the Monastery.

Thank coletteme
Reviewed September 19, 2016

This monastery and the Cave where St. John wrote biblical accounts were fascinating to visit and see. The Greek Orthodox services at the cave are really inspiring to see if you are lucky to be there at that time. The Monastery holds actual pages of...More

Thank Burtdol
Reviewed September 13, 2016

We took a taxi from Chora and began the assent to the Monastery. It's worth the climb. The old frescos are still seen and the museum or library is worth its weight in gold. The books, manuscripts, vestments, jewelry and more are amazing.

Thank tastydelight
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The monastery is beautiful, from the outside it looks like a fortress; however the interior is just amazing. The frescos are really well preserved. Take the time to sit in the church on your own, it is a lovely experience. The small museum is incredible,...More

1  Thank Elizabeth_and_David
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I visited there several years ago and remember seeing a beautiful painting of Christ that I believe was painted by El Greco. It was a very sad, kind of dark painting that was very moving. Is it still there? Was El Greco the artist? How can I get a print of that painting? Thank you very much.
March 12, 2016|
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How long a walk to the monastery from the port? Aside from busses, are there moped and taxis available?
July 24, 2015|
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