Voyage to the holy island

The tiny island of Patmos is a place of deep importance for Christianity. It’s where the last book of the New Testament was allegedly written, and where an air of mystery still hangs over the island—not unlike the misty fog that seems to be ever-present just off the shore.

Visit the ominous-sounding Cave of the Apocalypse where John the Apostle stayed after Domitian exiled him in AD 95. Look up at the ceiling to see the crack where Jesus appeared to him and inspired him to write the Book of Revelations.

Fast-forward 993 years in history by visiting the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. Founded by Saint Christodulos in honor of Saint John, the massive monastery still stands guard over Patmos town to this day.

Then, make the pilgrimage back to Skala (where all roads on the island seemingly lead). Find a lush Tamarisk tree to lounge beneath and indulge on a picnic of local delicacies like fresh octopus and savory cheese pie. Be on the lookout for celebrities, too, since folks like David Bowie, Richard Gere, and Bono have all been spotted here—perhaps in search of their own divine inspiration.

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Stroll Patmos’ capital with its whitewashed homes, narrow lanes, and coastal views.

Grotto Of Revelation

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Grotto Of Revelation

Visit the ancient grotto where St. John saw visions that became the Book of Revelations.

Monastery Of St. John

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Monastery Of St. John

See the stunning jewels and artifacts of this former Monastery complex, now a museum.

Patmos, Greece At a glance

Current Weather:
17°C / 63 °F
Isolated Thundershowers
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Current Time:
8:31:16 am2018/11/18 08:31:16 am
Sunday, November 18
UTC/GMT +02:00
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.16
  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
GPS: 37°18'33.49"N 26°32'48.09"E
Size: 34.05 KM2 (13.15 MI2)
Population: 2,998
Density: 88 Pop/KM2 (34 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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