The "Jerusalem of the Aegean" is one way of describing Patmos or
Patnos, as it was referred to in one 5th century inscription. It was
here that St. John the Theologian was exiled between 95 and
97 A.D. and was inspired to write the Book of Revelation or
Later the emperor Alexios Komninos ordered the monk
Christodoulos Letrinos to found a monastery in honour of the
Apostle. Thus the holy monastery of Patmos was built, the most
important landmark on the island.
In September 1995 it was celebrated the anniversary of the 1900
years from the date that the Book of Revelation was written.
Patmos, situated between Leros and Ikaria, is a mountainous
island with rocky soil and an abundance of small coves.
The majestic fortress - monastery crowns the hill above the port,
surrounded by dazzling white, cubelike houses which spill down its
flanks. Interspersed among them are miniscule churches and
grand sea captains' mansions, separated from each other by
narrow lanes, high walls and small squares opening onto breath
- catching views over the Aegean.
The construction of the monastery began in the 11th century. It is
circumscribed by massive grey stone walls with battlements that
protected the main church and another five chapels. Its
extraordinary treasury contains Byzantine and post-Byzantine
icons, sacred vessels, 9th century embroideries and other
priceless objects, while its library houses parchment documents,
patriarchal seals, illuminated manuscripts and rare old books. In
the chapel dedicated to Our Lady frescoes can be seen which date
to 1210 -1220.
Ships arriving at Patmos dock in the island's harbour, Skala, a
lively place with its white houses, flowered courtyards, fish tavernas,
hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops.
North of Skala is the village of Kambos, set among trees and
greenery, and near it is what many consider to be the island's
Patmos's indented coastline conceals a host of lovely beaches.
Among the favourites are Grigos, Kallikatsou, Psili Ammos and
HOW TO GET THERE
By ferry from Piraeus
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Area Code 0247
Harbour Master 31 231
Police 31 303
Municipality 31 235
Taxi 31 225
First Aid 31 557
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