Patmos Shore Excursions
The Monastery of St John the Theologian
The Monastery of St John the Theologian was founded by Hosios Christodoulos in 1088. It is a magnificent and imposing fortified building, standing on top of a hill, flanked by the town of Chora. Inside the thick walls you’ll find two chapels, a treasury, a library and the living quarters for the monks decorated with frescoes and mosaics, together with numerous relics, precious crosses, sacred communion cups, and ancient mitres. Travel options from the port to the monastery include a taxi (negotiate the fare before the ride), an infrequent bus service, or a tour. Talking a taxi up, and returning by foot on a medieval cobbled donkey track, is also possible.
Cave of the Apocalypse
When St John the Divine was exiled to Patmos by the Roman Emperor Domitian in AD95, he lived in the Cave of the Apocalypse. It was here he received his revelation from God, which he dictacted to his disciple Prothorus, so writing the Book of the Apolcalypse, or Revelation, the last book of the Bible. (To quote from the 1st Chapter of Revelation – “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”). The cave now lies at the lowest level of a large monastery, the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Cave of the Apocalypse is halfway up the Skala to Chora road, sheltered by trees.
To experience a small slice of Patmos life, a walk around Chora is a must. The quaint whitewashed houses separated by narrow streets and quiet shaded squares date from the middle ages. Enjoy a visit to an authentic Greek shop or tarverna, or wander off for a closeup look at the sadly sail-less windmills.
Walk along the Skala waterfront and spot fishing boats, ferries and yachts. You’ll also see remains of the original baptismal font used by St. John to baptize the people of Patmos. Across from the font is a small whitewashed church decorated with a mosaic of the Saint.
Skala Town Beach
Just north of the ferry dock, you’ll find Skala Town beach, a narrow strip of pebbles shaded by some trees - welcome shade on a hot day. Much of the beach is occupied by several tavernas, but there's also plenty of room for sunbathing or swimming.
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