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Patmos, Greece

Panoramic view of the Greek island of Patmos. Photo Creative Commons License Alex @ Faraway.

One of the most beautiful and distinctive of the Dodecanese Islands, Patmos is best known as the place where St. John received his visions and wrote the Book of Revelation.

A small island with a population of about 3,000, Patmos has managed to remain one of the least touristy of the Greek islands, despite its many visitors and firm presence on the cruise circuit. It remains delightfully unspoiled, yet it has still developed a good tourist infrastructure, with a number of excellent restaurants, hotels and beaches.

Patmos is located in the South Aegean Sea near the island of Kos and not far from Turkey. There are two main "cities" on Patmos: Skala, the harbor area and where most of the residents live; and Hora (or Chora), the hilltop area dominated by the Monastery of St. John. The monastery and the nearby Cave of the Apocalypse, where the revelations took place, are major pilgrimage destinations and popular tourist sights as well. Many package tours and cruises stop in Patmos and there are frequent ferry and hydrofoil services.


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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Patmos

  • Cave of the Apocalypse
    This sacred grotto is believed to mark the spot where St. John received his visions from Christ that he recorded in the Book of Revelation.
  • Monastery of St. John
    This fortress-like monastery crowns the town of Patmos. It dates from the 11th century and contains 12th-century frescoes.