Sightseeing

CHORA OF PATMOS

It is one of the most impressive settments in the Aegean as many of the grand mansions have been restored, since purchased by wealthy and famous Greeks and foreigners who invested in them. The settlement developed after 1088 then founded the monastery of St. John the Theologian, where the inhabitants could be protected from pirates. The tour through the winding alleys of Chora, with “mando” (stone borders of doors and windows) and vaulted arcades, is like a trip to the past.

  • The center point is Saint Lesbian square or Levia square and near there are impressive houses and churches.
  • Mansion Soufoliou, church of Panagia Kimitirion, family mansion Malandraki are standing out.
  • The City Hall is located in Lotza square in a neoclassical building of 1884.
  • Chora of Patmos is getting alive during Easter and in summer. Stylish shops, bars, cafés and restaurants welcome visitors. Small hotels are also open.

MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN

It was founded in 1088, by Saint Christodoulos Latrinos. During its long history the monastery has played a dominant role on the island of Patmos and is considered one of the most important monuments in Greece. With constant additions to buildings and extensions, it took the imposing form we see today. It is also considered comparable with the monasteries of Mount Athos

  • The main church, dating back to the Byzantine times as the altar with exceptional frescoes, the cells and Estia are amazing.
  • Next to the church there are the chapels of Saint Christodoulos, where the sarcophagus with the relics is located, and the Virgin Lady of the Angels with remarkable frescoes of the 12th century.
  • Other chapels in the monastic complex are: of St. Basil, Holy Cross, St. John the Baptist and the Holy Apostles.
  • Very important is the library hosting manuscripts, documents and books of great value, many of which are dated from before 1073. The library can be visites only with special permition. A library that Saint Christodoulos brought from the mountain Latros of Bithynia is also located here.

THE MUSEUM OF THE MONASTERY

Click on the link www.googleartproject.com/collection/patmos-monastery/museumview and you can do a virtual tour of the famous museum of the monastery of St. John the Theologian and places of residence. It joined the Google Art Project in spring of 2013. The museum houses valuable treasures of Orthodoxy: chrysobulls, incunabula, old Bibles and scrolls, vestments, silverware, icons. You can visit it when the monastery is open. Tel. +30 22470 20800.

THE CAVE OF THE APOCALYPSE

On the main road between Skala (port) and Chora, visitors stop to see the famous cave where, according to Christian legend, John, exiled by the Romans, dictated his Revelation to his disciple Prochorus, after visions he had, in 95 AD. Because of God revealed to John (“ ... great as a trumpet voice, saying”), the cave is considered God-trodden. The cave is connected with the monastery of the Apocalypse including the church of Agia (St.) Anna and was built by St. Christodoulos, St. Artemios and St. Nikolaos.

  • Above the Monastery of the Apocalypse, you will see the Patmos School. Founded in 1713, it was an important center for the development of literature.

THE HOLY "SEATS"

In Patmos the monks’ hermitages are called “seats” ("kathismata" in Greek). Originally they were located in caves and consisted of a single cell or a small temple. Over the years, they obtained auxiliary space.

  • There are “seats” of Panagia Koumana on the hill on the north side of the harbor, Panagia Gavras, Panagia Kykkos in Kypos, Metamorfosis Kalamoti, Panagia Mandalaki, Saints Anargiron etc. Most of them were dependent on the monastery of the Theologian.

SKALA (THE PORT)

The settlement was founded in 1600 as a port for goods storage and safe approach of ships of the monastery of St. John the Theologian. It is the financial and commercial center of the island and has shops, services, hotels, restaurants, bars. This port is considered very safe and has a marina for yachts and sailboats. Houses built during the Occupation here were influenced by Italian architecture.

EVANGELISMOS MONASTERY

The nunnery in the southwest of the island resembles a fortress. Here was the “seat” of Evangelistria church, a temple and a cell where the hermits lived. In the early 17th century, a Cretan monk of the monastery of St. John, Nikiforos, lived here. He founded the church of St. Luke, adorned with icons of the great painters the church of Evangelistria, built defensive towers to protect the monastery and the church of Agios Antonios. In the later period, the important role played the abbot of the monastery of Theologian, Amfilohos Makris, who envisioned the creation of a special monastery.

  • Currently, several nuns, engaged in different activities, are leading a monastic life here. Among those are hagiography, apiculture and embroidery as they revived the famous traditional stitch “spitha” and Byzantine stitch.

NIKOLAIDIS MANSION

In the beautifully preserved 18th-century building in Chora you will admire the interior of an old Patmian house with the "fournario", the cisterns, the chapel, the bedrooms, the hall and the upper yards. Signs written by the archaeologists contain interesting information. The museum is organized by the Archaeological Service.

Tel.: + 30 22470 32709

 

 

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