Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible’s Book of Revelation.There is also the cave of St. John, where St. John wrote the Apocalypse and it is the most religious island.
The first thing you notice on Patmos is the monastery of St John the Divine or the Evangelist. It crowns the hill of Hora. It looks like a Byzantine castle and was built like a fortress. Its presence is overwhelming. It was founded in 1088 by Ossios Christodoulos following a grant by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I. Komnenos.
The monastery’s walls are over 15 meters high, its length from north to south is 53 meters and from east to west 70 meters. It seems even larger when you stand at the entrance, noticing its thick walls and heavily reinforced door.
It is obvious that all the greek islands are very religious and they have a lot of history and churches spreaded all over the place.
The monastery has a small, but wonderful museum. There is also the cave of St. John, where St. John wrote the Apocalypse. This site also has a wonderful open air theatre where most Septembers there is a lovely festival of religious music – concerts are free and take place at night.
Forbes magazine, in 2009, named Patmos “Europe’s most idyllic place to live”, writing that “Patmos has evolved over the centuries but has not lost its air of quiet tranquility, which is one reason why people that know it return again and again. And for sure I would love to go thre and visit ut again.
There are also many lovely small beaches and coves, some with cafes and sunbeds.
As soon as we landed we couldn’t wait to go to that beautiful sand and to swim in the sea.
The coast was very beautiful and the water was crystal clear.
Unlike the other islands, I can say that it was the most peaceful place I had ever visited.
The beach was woderful and the people there were very nice and kind.
After staying for a while at the beach we wanted to visit the island, to see the bars, shops, and a lot of things that the island offered.
Let me say that the port was small and lovely, where we could see small fishing boats floading on the sea side.
One caracteristic thing was that people coud use scuters to move around the island, anf for me and Matias was a pleasent experiece never done before.
Until next time..
Lots of love..
Rea & Matias