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. It was founded in 1088 by Ossios Christodoulos following a grant by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos. The main chapel is dedicated to Holy Christodoulos where you can admire the skull of St Thomas, pieces of the Holy Cross and other religious relics. Since the Orthodox Church does not allow more than one ceremony per alter, per day, 10 chapels were built inside the monastery fortess: Saint Apostles, Saint George, Saint Fanourios, Holy Christodoulos, St Nicholas, St John the Baptist, St Basil, The Holy Cross, All Saints and the chapel of the Virgin Mary.
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Edition: June 2009
On this map of Patmos , for the first time the island’s entire coastline is mapped.
About 200 meters from the port is the beginning of the beach Agios Theologos (Saint Theologian). It is a sandy beach which is very popular on weekdays with the locals because they can take a quick dive, refresh themselves and go on with the ir daily duties.
Psili Ammos is a secluded sandy beach with turquoise waters, accessible only by boat (a 45 minutes boat trip from Skala) or by bus to Diakofti and then walking for about 20-30 minutes through a path that leads to the beach. There is a tavern that separates the beach in two parts, one of them being used by nudists.