It is no coincidence that the area was declared as protected, as it is the largest wetland of Patmos in which various species of birds find shelter.
Steady as a rock, with visible traces of living ascetics (carved rack positions, oven nozzle, wells, water pipeline etc), Petra dares you to explore it and arouses the curiosity of all strollers found in the area, many of whom dare to climb it.
Many historians believe it was a sanctuary, probably one to worship Venus. This seemingly inhospitable spot, appears to be a geological wonder and myths surrounding its name vary.
Many speak of a myth in which a tunnel connects the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist with Petra. Such tunnels were used to transport precious treasures, in order to shield them from pirate raids. Most scientists believe that the rock is a result of volcanic activity and some others, that it was a sanctuary of Venus. They all agree in one thing: its peculiar ambience.
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