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“Almost magical!”

Ranked #1 of 17 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.
Medford, New Jersey
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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Almost magical!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

St. John's Monastery in Chora had somewhat of a magical feel to it. The tour itself wasn't all that long and you couldn't see much of the Monastery, but there's such a calm and peaceful energy about this place. You can walk around the town of Chora, visit some of the shops, check out the local artists (incredibly talented by the way), eat some fantastic food and drink some great wine, no matter where you are in Chora and around the Monastery, it's just peaceful. There some pretty amazing views and the architecture is like none other. We spent some time conversing with one of the monks as he blessed a prayer cloth for us. People are amazingly friendly. We met a local artist who produced phenomenal pieces. She took us up the road a bit to a great restaurant with fantastic views with the nicest owners who talked to us about local history, etc. It was honestly my favorite place on our honeymoon visit.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank jiml131
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143 reviews
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“Nice views”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Monastery, but to be quite honest, nothing special. You are actually not able to see much of the monastery. Beautiful church, a museum, stunning views. In a beautiful white town Chora with a few shops, cafes and restaurants. View is here the thing.

Visited September 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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215 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Top of the Hill”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

This was a very interesting and peaceful place to visit. We arrived near closing but had enough time to see the artifacts. The most intriguing things were the old manuscripts! They were beautiful and unusual. Great views from the upper galleries. Saw the sunset through one window and it was so beautiful! A great moment in the monastery.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Jolene H
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“Sailing the Aegean with sailing boat Armida”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We arrived in Patmos at 13.25 after leaving Rhodes port at 8.30 am with the Dodecanisos Pride catamaran. . We chartered a 37 ft Hanse sailing boat named Armida provided with a skipper for 1 week . Saw St . John's monastry situated in Chora. viewed Patmos Skala.. Next day shopped our provisions and started our trip. First stop , only an hour away with a slight wind blowing was Marathi island swam out to shore , only 3 restaurants, and then headed for Arkious !/2 hr away. Lovely little island . Tiganakia was our next stop for swimming in beautiful crystal clear waters and fishing for our dinner. Slept at Lipsous. Morning after headed towards Leros , swimming in Bafouti bay and then for the night in Panteli. Slowly heading for Rhodes , stopped at Symi and finally Rhodes . Enjoyed our week ,sailing and swimming , had a terrific skipper who knew most of the beautiful little bays . I would highly recommend the Armida aegean sailing tours with skipper anytime.

Visited August 2013
Thank Maria M
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Istanbul, Turkey
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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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