PATMOS

AN ISLAND REVELATION WITH A TOUCH OF THE DIVINE

The Hora of Patmos from above

Surrender yourself to the mysticism and tranquility of the island of The Apocalypse



Grandeur and serenity. That’s what you feel when you enter the streets of Hora and the monastery. For many years, during Orthodox Easter and all summer long, Patmos has been frequented by intellectuals, artists, royalty and celebrities from all over the world. Small and secluded yet spectacular all the same, it is the island of The Apocalypse, “The Jerusalem of the Aegean”, and has a deep relationship with religion.

Mystical experiences await you here in the Dodecanese: In the dark cave where St John the Divine wrote the book of Revelation, the Monastery of St John the Theologian, and the labyrinthine streets of Hora with its impressive aristocratic homes. Visit and discover an island-monument that Unesco has declared a World Heritage Site.

What to do in Patmos

Cave of the Apocalypse
This sacred, candlelit grotto is believed to be the spot where St John the Divine received his visions from Christ and transcribed the Book of Revelation, the last chapter of the Christian Bible.  Exiled on Patmos in 95 AD, he preached to, baptised and prayed with the island’s inhabitants. Eventually, Patmos came to be considered sacred and the cave became the focal point of a significant religious pilgrimage.

Next to godliness
High on the hill above Hora, The Monastery of St John the Theologian is an important centre of worship. This monastery, with its significant religious history and imposing architecture, rises grandly over the Aegean and dominates the life of Patmos. The monastic community here has existed for over 900 years and the relics, rare documents, icons and other Orthodox treasures in the monastery are invaluable.

It was established in 1088 by the Byzantine monk St Christodoulos the Blessed. Each Easter, on the night of The Resurrection, the Holy Light makes it way from Jerusalem to Patmos. Likewise, on Holy Thursday, the church service of Niptiros – which occurs only in Patmos and in Jerusalem – is an event that never fails to inspire.

Picture-perfect Hora
Feudal lords, wealthy merchants and captains from the 16th to the 19th century have all left their traces in Hora. It isn’t hard to understand why it is considered one of the most stately island towns in the Aegean as you walk in the shadow of the imposing buildings with Gothic and neoclassical features, pass under the arcades and archways, climb into alleyways that barely fit two people.

Ask to be shown the sights and stately homes of Vardikou, Palaiologou, Valvi, Foundi (of Leonton) and be transported to another time. At Nikolaidi, which has been converted to an exceptional museum, you will find a representation of a traditional home in Patmos, as well as many archaeological discoveries.

Kalikatsou: Solid as a rock
This huge rock juts out of the water and looks like a sculpture in the sea. It is a significant archaeological site. Researchers believe it was once a temple of Aphrodite and continued to be a place of worship well into Christianity. Climb up and see the carving in the rock, water reservoirs for sacred rituals and small caves where offerings were made. The view from the top is breathtaking, as the Aegean Sea unfolds at your feet.


Images of Patmos


Hidden gems of Patmos

 ‘Kathismata’
These small monastic units in caves were created by monks. Beside their hermitages, they also built small temples.

Ascend to Prophiti Elias
Experience a the spectacle of the highest point of the island: large rocks scattered everywhere as if they were tossed from above, caves and – in the distance – the big blue Aegean Sea.

A historic pathway
A walk on Aporthiano road is worth your while. This old trail unites Hora with the port, Skala.

Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa

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Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa hotel is located in the southeastern part of Patmos, only a few steps away from the picturesque bay of Grikos, classified among the most beautiful bays of the world. Fully harmonized with the natural environment. the hotel is a reconstruction and expansion of the old Xenia hotel of Patmos.
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85500, Grikos Bay, PATMOS
T. +30 22470 32800

Petra Hotel & Suites

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A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the intimate Petra Hotel & Suites offers a lifetime experience on Patmos island, enchanting guests who expect the highest standards of hospitality and personalized service from an authentic Greek islands boutique hotel.Run by a husband and wife duo...
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Grikos, Patmos, 85500, Grikos Bay, PATMOS
T. 2247034020
Fax: 2247032567

Silver Beach Hotel

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Ideally situated in Grikos bay, «Silver Beach» hotel is a two star (**) hotel, positioned only 5 meters away from the sandy beach of Grikos, including rooms with magnificent views of Tragonisi, Grikos bay and the wider natural environment. Skala, where the commercial port of Patmos is, as well as...
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Grikos bay, 85500, Patmos, PATMOS
T. 2247032800
Fax: 2247035030

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