SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN (PATMOS)
As sacred place in Christianity and important pilgrimage site, the Patmos Monastery has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and is the main attraction of the island of Patmos.
Monastery of St. John the Theologian: Patmos Monastery is located on a hill that rises high above the island in the main town of Chora. The fortress-like complex was built in the 11th century by Blessed Christodoulos as a citadel with mighty enclosing walls to protect the monastery from pirate attacks.
Within the monastery walls are ten chapels where the monks perform their daily prayers, as the orthodox faith requires. The main church was built in Byzantine style and is decorated with ornate frescoes. The wooden carved iconostasis is a real work of art. Among the most important icons of the monastery are the icon of Saint John Theologos, donated by Emperor Alexios I and an icon of St. Nicholas in mosaic technique.
Above the entrance to the main church hangs a wooden beam against which the monks hit daily when they enter the church. The beam symbolizes the wood of Noah's Ark, on which Noah, according to the Bible, should hit to invite the animals into the ark. Till this day, in the Greek Orthodox Church, this is used to invite the believers to enter the Church.
The treasury and the library of the monastery are also worth visiting.
As a sacred site of Christianity and important place of pilgrimage, the Monastery of Patmos has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
Daily from 8 am to 1:30 pm
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, also in the afternoon, from 4 to 6 pm
Entrance: 4,00 euro/person