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“A holly monaster in Orthodox world”

Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Patmos
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Owner description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
Istanbul, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A holly monaster in Orthodox world”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

It is worth seeing. A lot of religion related groups coming all over the world to visit this monaster.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Tekin O
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“A place you must visit!”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
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46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

A very old, beautiful and picturesque monastery with an inside courtyard full of flower pots. It's situated on the top of a hill so you'll be needing comfortable flat shoes to reach the site. Make sure you visit by yourself and not as part of a noisy group in order to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the place, and make sure you find the time to visit the surrounding area, enjoy the view and take lots of pictures.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful place”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We travelled here from Samos. Our holiday rep advised organising our own transport rather than taking the set tour and she was right. We travelled by Flying Dolphin and arrived at Patmos at 9am. The local bus met the boat and meant we reached the monastery as it was opening and so it was very quiet and peaceful and we had a chance to talk with one of the monks.

We strolled back down to the port by footpaths, stopping at the Cave of the Revelation on the way. This visit was one of the highlights of our holiday and we had no objections to paying the 4E entry fee, which included the museum containing the treasures of the monastery.

Visited August 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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“St. John's cave (Revelation of God), Patmos”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We sailed via the Agean sea from Kusadasia to Samos and then took another ship to Patmos. Pythagoreion- Port in Samos has a difficult terrain and travelers should be aware of it. When travelling via ships and ferries it is better to limit your luggage as there are no trolleys in the ports. To visit St.John’s (Theologian) tomb it is better to go by taxi which will cost about Eur 5 oneway.
In Patmos we visited St. John's cave where he got the divine revelation. Patmos island is indeed a unique experience and good for relaxation.
Especially the Romeo hotel staff were very friendly (you feel like you are at home) and we had our daughter’s birthday celebrated in a wonderful day. Romeo hotel is a different style of rooms and is ideal for a summer vacation.
We arranged the whole tour from Turkey to Patmos and to Athens via Crossroads travels and would strongly recommend them for your tour as they are flexible and focused to meet customer’s expectations.

Visited July 2013
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