Patmos villages

Grikos is a pleasant resort 4km from Skala with a curving sandy beach (canoe & wind-surf rental). Tragonissi islet rises at the far end of the curving bay. Half way along Kalikatsou rock is honeycombed with caves which were probably occupied by hermits before the monastery was founded. You can find hotels, cafes and taverns at Grikos.
Kampos is a large village overlooking a fertile valley to the west. The vast and sandy Kampos beach (sand and pebbles) is very popular in summer.
Around 2km to the north is the bay of Lampi which is famous for its colour pebbles. At Lampi you can find very nice traditional taverns with delicious food. Here are some Greek island pictures of Patmos villages

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Skala Patmos

The boats land their passengers at Skala (the harbour), in a bay on the east side of the island. In the old days there was little more than a collection of vaulted warehouses (now converted into cafes and shops) around the port of Patmos as workers and merchants retreated to the safety of the upper town.
 Skala is a pleasant port with simple white houses and the principal town of the island always bustling with activity. Along the quay, the Venetian arcaded building with a corner tower houses the harbour master’s office, the customs, the police, an information office and the post office. Nearby are the taxi and bus stations and the local boats which offer excursions to the beaches on Patmos and neighbouring islets and to Leros, Kalymnos and Kos. Many cruise ships docking in Skala during the summer season.
The boats land their passengers at Skala (the harbour), in a bay on the east side of the island. In the old days there was little more than a collection of vaulted warehouses (now converted into cafes and shops) around the port of Patmos as workers and merchants retreated to the safety of the upper town.
Nowadays Skala is a pleasant port with simple white houses and the principal town of the island always bustling with activity. Along the quay, the Venetian arcaded building with a corner tower houses the harbour master’s office, the customs, the police, an information office and the post office. Nearby are the taxi and bus stations and the local boats which offer excursions to the beaches on Patmos and neighbouring islets and to Leros, Kalymnos and Kos. Most hotels in Patmos are in Skala, unlike the Leros hotels that are in many areas of the neighbouring island or the huge hotels in Kos. From Skala you can get the Greek Ferries that go to the Dodecanese islands, after Patmos they go to Leros, Kalymnos, kos and Rhodes.

Patmos Chora

Most of the traditional houses and rooms that offer accommodation in Patmos,  located in the village of Chora around the Monastery of Saint John, which dominates imposingly and spiritually the island. Built at the top of the hill for centuries know it clarificates the Greek Orthodox Belief and is one of the most important monuments in Greece. ” Old Lady”, as it is called, Chora has the privilege to be the capital of the island. The Byzantine architecture both the outside formation and the inside decoration of the houses is unique.
The own settlement of Chora, which started in the 15th century is an attraction itself. Many churches and houses were built in the beginning of the 18th century, where the Patmians, rich captains and traders decorated the houses with furniture supplied from the West or from local technicians.

Fascinating two and three floored mansions are decorated, with woodcut furniture and paintings from the most famous Greek woodcarvers and painters. Until today Chora sustains it’s old glamour. Arcs with paved alleys create unsuspected arcades with glades and give the visitor the feeling of a bygone epoch.

Picturesquely old houses with wide opened yards embraced in total with cobbled streets and many squares, with little restaurants and groceries drift the visitor to dreamlike walks.
The court yards and the wooden balconies are full of fragrant flowers blooming any time of the year. Scattered little churches on every step remind us of the holiness that governs the island. The view from Chora is magic. The azure of the sky and the sea magnetize your range of vision to the amazing view over Patmos and the islands around.

Patmos Geography

Patmos is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese islands,with a population of 2,987 inhabitants and an total surface of 34 square kilometres. The highest mountain is Profitis Ilias about 900 feet over the sea level. Patmos has many small coves, and bites therefore you will find many beaches with pebbles, sand and tamarisc trees. The island has many small islaets around. The shape of Patmos as you can see in the map of Patmos a couple of times is divided from the west to the east from a small strip of land. The island has a few villages like Grikos Livadi and Kampos most of Patmos accommodation you will find in Skala and Chora. Its capital is Chora and its main port is Skala where all the ferries and Cruise ships aproaching.

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The Theological School of Patmos

his educative Institution was founded by deacon Makarios Kalogeras in the year of 1733. During Turk’s domination the School of Patmos developed a preponderant activity about revival of the Greek Nation. The great men of the contemporary history of the Greek Nation were the most students of the Patmos School. The Associates of the “Philiki Heteria” (patriotic association), the most important Emmanuel Xanthos, Demetrios Tsesmelis and the great Master of Greek educative development Adamantios Korais, the Oecumenique Patriarch and martyr of the Greek Nation Gregory V, the Patriarch Anthimos I and other eminent men, all of them have attended the School of Patmos.
Convent of Zoodochos Pigi (Source of Life)
It is for women and is located to the SE of the Monastery of St. John. It was founded in 1607 by the Patmian religious monk Parthenios Papakostas. It is a specimen of a pure insular sanctuary and the second largest cluster of buildings in the island. Inside the monastery are two churches. One is of Zoodochos Pigi and the other of St. John. Both are ornamented with icons of Byzantine style (17th century). There are also cells for the nuns and the guests that complete the group of buildings of the monastery which by its white color enhances the magic of the landscape that surrounds it. The monastery is surrounded by courts bright of flowers.

Patmos and Unesco

The Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint John “the Theologian” and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos
The small island of Patmos in the Dodecanese is reputed to be where St John the Theologian wrote both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated to the ‘beloved disciple’ was founded there in the late 10th century and it has been a place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning ever since. The fine monastic complex dominates the island. The old settlement of Chora, associated with it, contains many religious and secular buildings.
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The Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos The town of Chora on the Island of Patmos is one of the few settlements in Greece that have evolved uninterruptedly since the 12th century. There are few other places in the world where religious ceremonies that date back to the early Christian times are still being practised unchanged.
The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos (Saint John the Theologian) and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos, together with the associated medieval settlement of Chora, constitute an exceptional example of a traditional Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre of outstanding architectural interest.
The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos and the Cave of the Apocalypse commemorate the site where St John the Theologian (Divine), the “Beloved Disciple”, composed two of the most sacred Christian works, his Gospel and the Apocalypse.
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The Patmos Library

The Library of the Monastery it was founded by Hosios Christodoulos, who, it is said, procured the first books. Today the Library possesses a quantity of 900 manuscripts among which the 325 are written over parchments. It exist also more than 2000 volumes of ancient editions and 13000 copies of various documents. A catalogue of these books was authored by John Sakelion, which book appeared in the year 1890. The catalogue was later completed by the Deacon Callimachus. Among the most important manuscripts we must name the following : the manuscript of Diodore Sikeliotis, the Purple Code, an incomplete copy of Evangelist Mark’s Gospel, the book of Job, manuscripts of the 7th and 8th century AD, sermons of St. Gregory the Theologue, the Gospel of Four – a manuscript dated from 1345 AD – which contains very beautiful images of the Evangelists, 29 roll manuscripts on parchments containing the test of Messes written of St.Basile the Great and St.John the Chrysostome and many other of several prelates, the Glossarion (vocabulary), which is a dictionary of the Greek language written on parchment, the did of gift of Emperor Alexios Comninos I, by which this Sovereign donated the island of Patmos to Hosios Christodoulos. Finally there exist a lot of documents of the Byzance Emperors, the Patriarchs, the Princes and other Dignitaries.