Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos

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Inscribed on the World Heritage List, Monastery of Saint John the Theologian represents an 11th-century Greek Orthodox monastery perched on a hilltop. Explore the cobblestone masterpiece, filled with interconnecting courtyards and open-air walkways traversed with arches, chapels, stairways, and arcades. Climb to the rooftop to visit the roof terraces for a spectacular view of the island. Within the monastery you'll find colorful 12th-century religious frescoes and a treasury filled with religious art and valuable objects. Of particular mention is the site of the Cave of the Apocalypse, reportedly where St. John the Divine experienced his revelations. Currently, the monastery is inhabited by about 40 monks, so visiting hours are limited--check online in advance. You can journey up by bus, or on foot along a beautiful old cobbled path. With our world travel planner, Patmos attractions like Monastery of Saint John the Theologian can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is a privilege to have such a monastery and holding such an amazing museum. From its stones and history to the collection of religious art, this place is worth visiting with time and attention... 
    It is a privilege to have such a monastery and holding such an amazing museum. From its stones and history to the collection of religious art, this place is worth visiting with time and attention...  more »
  • You cannot visit Patmos without visiting the famous Monastery of St John named after the theologian who wrote the Gospel according to St John in the nearby Cave of the Apocalypse. The monastery... 
    You cannot visit Patmos without visiting the famous Monastery of St John named after the theologian who wrote the Gospel according to St John in the nearby Cave of the Apocalypse. The monastery...  more »
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  • I accidentally snuck in without paying, and on my way out I saw others paying. I felt horrible, but the man there was super kind and didn't accept the money I offered. Everyone was really nice and I had a great experience!
  • A beautiful monastery, traditional, so fortified that it looks like a castle. There are many old manuscripts and amongst its relics you can see the skull of Saint Thomas the Apostle. Creepy and it makes you cringe. But all in all an absolute must see.

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