Patmos is not a big island, but it is one of the best known. It was here St. John had his vision and wrote the apocalypse, and this is why Patmos is sometimes called “The Jerusalem of the Aegean”. The Monastery of St. Johns towers above the capital, Chora, and the whole island breathes of faith and devotion.
Patmos included as one of the monuments of world heritage of UNESCO.
The Monastery of St. John the Theologian with its priceless treasures, and the preservation of the traditional village of Chora, that was built in the Middle Ages and the Cave of the Apocalypse were the main reasons that Patmos had this important international distinction.
According to mythology, Patmos was a present from Zeus to his daughter Artemis, goddess of hunting and young women. She was worshipped here in antiquity, and the monastery of St. John was built on her temple.
Whether you are interested in history and religion or not, the Monastery of St. John is a must. Its real name is Agios Ioannis o Theologos (“St. John the Theologist”) and it looks like a huge fortress above Chora
The Cave of Revelation lies between Chora and Skala and is where St. John had his vision. There is a crack in the roof where Jesus appeared to him and John dictated his vision to his disciple Prochorus. In the cave you can see a cross engraved on the rock which according to tradition, was made by Saint John.
If you are up for a climb, visit the monastery of Profitis Elias (“Prophet Elias”) where you’ll get a fantastic view since it is the highest point of the island (269m).
Chora is well worth walking around in. It is built like a labyrinth to keep the pirates away, and has many nice houses and little shops. In Chora also is the home and of Emmanuel Xanthos one of the founding members of the Society of Friends that was the first revolousinary organisation during the war of Indipendence in Greece.
There are also daytrips to the small neighbouring islands Marathi, Arki and Lipsi. At Grikos you can rent a small sailing boat.
There are about 20 beaches to choose between. Explore the little bays and find your own paradise.
You’ll find some bars and discos in Chora and Skala. The atmosphere is more relaxed than anything else, but you can enjoy some good nights
The strange honeycombed Rock of Kalikatsou also known as Petra (Greek for ‘stone’) – hence the name of the beach which separates it from the coastline. The ancient inhabitants of Patmos worshiped the goddess Selini (the ancient Greek name for the moon), and it is believed that the carved stairs on the rock exist from that era.
The best place to sit and view Skala must be the cafe just below the monastery in the old town of Chora.
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