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Ten of the Best Places to See in Patmos

Published on 2018-03-27

Ten of the Best Places to See in PatmosPatmos may not be the average summer destination but can be the perfect choice for Easter in Greece. Perched over the southeastern Aegean Sea, this tiny island has a reputation as one of the most archaic sights of Christianity. It was where John wrote the famous "Revelation," at a time when Patmos was a prison for the exiles. Today, it is a place of unique beauty
Festival of Religious Music of Patmos

Published on 2016-12-17

The Festival of Religious Music of Patmos, which was initiated in 2001, is now one of the most important and unique summer musical events in terms of content and is aimed at presenting events of a high-quality musical and spiritual content, as befits the sacred site where it is hosted.At the Festival of Religious Music, the environment and the natural habitat of a beautiful island meld in an ideal
The Encounter of Traditional Dances

Published on 2014-07-05

The Encounter of Traditional Dances is a new cultural institution for the Municipality of Patmos. It began in September 2011 with the support of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and is organized by the Cultural Centre of Patmos and the Dance Association of the Youths and Friends of Patmos headquartered in Athens. Every second weekend of September, Patmos hosts Greek Tradition in the outdoor
Festival of Taste and Tradition

Published on 2014-07-04

The Festival of Taste and Tradition is a wine tasting trip to the Aegean blue, highlighting the culinary culture of Patmos and of other islands.Patmos is the most important religious destination of our country and the Festival of Taste and Tradition hopes to develop and upgrade even more the local gastronomy and gain one more advantage, seeking to highlight and offer the treasures of the earth and


Skala is the capital of Patmos and the biggest settlement on the island. A charming little port with lots of authentic restaurants, Greek cafenions and shops of all kinds. Evening entertainment is offered through a variety of bars, clubs and open coffee shops. All accommodations are mainly located at the quiet back part of Skala or along the sea front. Regular bus transport & taxis connects
Grikos is an idyllic fishing village, approximately 5 km from the port of Skala, located at the fascinating bay of Grikos with its mysterious rock "Kallikatsou" which used to house hermits for many centuries. The old square offers a romantic view of colorful fishing boats and small taverns offering traditional food at all times of the day. Secluded beaches with lots of shady trees and sun-beds
Chora is a medieval village around the Byzantine monastery of St. John. This unique village with white houses in the typical Aegean style is the heart of Patmos attracting visitors from all over the world.Chora is a small community in itself, with lots of charming little restaurants and bars, some exquisite shops and small grocery shops. The village is connected with the rest of the island through
The Settlement Sapsila is located between the port of Patmos and Grikos. The sea beach of the town are the warmer waters of the island. It is a picturesque settlement with few houses and an ideal beach for relaxation. It is an ideal village for those who want to have a quiet holiday.
Kampos is a rural village in a distance of 5.5 Km from Skala located at a beautiful sandbay with lovely white houses in the Aegean style. An unspoiled piece of nature where fishers and farmers are your next door neighbours. The village square as well as the beach offer a variety of good taverns and a small grocery shop supplies you with whatever is needed. Shady trees and sun-beds on the beach give

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    Holy Cave of the Apocalypse

    Located on the hill between Skala and Chora, the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse is a point of reference not only of Patmos, but of Christianity worldwide. This cave was the shelter of the beloved disciple of Jesus, John, in 95 AD, when the Emperor Domitianos exiled him to Patmos, punishing him for declaring the Word of God in Ephesus. As John testifies , he didn't reach Patmos as an exiled loser or as a political prisoner in difficult times, but as an exile "on a spiritual mission", continuing to disseminate the Word and the Essence of God.

    In his exile and in this spiritual mission he is accompanied by his faithful disciple Prochoros. According to Christian tradition, during John's stay in the cave, the rock was torn, and through three smaller slots, symbolizing the Holy Trinity, the voice of God was heard, dictating John the Holy Book of Revelation. It is plausible that in this very same cave the fourth Gospel of John was also writen.

    From the 17th century the temple of St. Anna was incorporated next to the holy cave, which was built by Osios Christodoulos as a tribute to: the mother of Virgin Mary, the mother of Osios himself, whose name was Anna, and the mother of the emperor Alexios Komninos. At the right of the church is the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, within which lies the holy temple of St. John the Theologian. The cave is part of a complex of churches and other buildings (warehouses, cells, chapels) named "Revelation".

    Today, the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse has been transformed into a place of worship, where the pilgrims can see the location where the Apocalypse was written, touch the triple fissure in the rock, enter the point at which the Evangelist rested, as well as touch the indentations in the rock that helped him to get up. Furthermore, there, one will also find the lectern of Prochoros.

    The cave of the Apocalypse is a place of devoutness, where the pilgrims can be initiated in the beauty and awe through silence, feel, prayer and insight. They can also sense the feeling generated by the image of this magnificent Sanctuary Cave.

    In 1999, the cave was declared a "World Heritage Monument" by UNESCO along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian.