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Monastery of St. John

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Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John...

Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.

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A beautiful place to visit

There is a bit of a walk up the hill and the ground is uneven, so be prepared to take your time and wear comfy shoes. Monastery is stone, so can be a bit chilly inside, so you... read more

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Colleen H
Ferndale, California, United States
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Ferndale, California, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a bit of a walk up the hill and the ground is uneven, so be prepared to take your time and wear comfy shoes. Monastery is stone, so can be a bit chilly inside, so you might want a jacket. Visiting here gives new meaning to the word "antique." Many religious artifacts that are hundreds of years old.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

To walk through and see the Monastery on its glory, is priceless. The church within Monastery is breathtaking, the serenity within the walls of the Monastery is wonderful and the view from the roof top of the whole island is beautiful. Add to that the museum and the history and it is a must see attraction.

Thank Svetlana P
Durban, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

With a strategic position overlooking Skala, the monastery beckons you to visit. Decided to walk the trail up the hill and is not too strenuous. You do not have access to very much once there but the accessible areas including the museum are enough to give one a sense of the place.

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Long Branch, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Patmos is associated with St John, author or the Gospel and Epistles that bear his name and also of the Book of Revelation. One need not be a believer to appreciate the Monastery - and the Cave where tradition has it he wrote Revelation. Of the two, the Monastery is more profound. High on a hill, it includes an ancient... More 

3 Thank Ignotus
Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The monastery is one of the most beautiful monuments of Patmos. Has also a museum that you should defenetly visit for its wonderful masterpieces. You will notice though that despite its bulk, the monastery will give you limited access to its rooms. Most beautiful during easter, where you can enjoy the liturgy outside, under the sky.

Thank Maria G
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We really enjoyed our visit, the interiors of the chapels were richly decorated & most impressive. It was a fascinating place to explore. Our guide gave us very good advice about taking photographs, don't even think about it inside chapels etc; but if you can see the sky above your head it is ok.

Thank SMOGtraveller
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 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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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 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 people. We stop here because in 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 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 in touch with my spiritual self the highlight of my visit well worth the visit.

Thank Tapiwa M
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Reviewed 16 October 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 worth the climb as there are wonderful frescos and a beautiful courtyard to just sit... More 

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