Thanks to the world famous Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos is considered one of the most important religious centers. Visitors can combine their holiday in the Greek sunshine with some sightseeing around the most sacred places for Christianity, as the Holy Book of Apocalypse was written here. Moreover, apart from the prevailing religious atmosphere, Patmos is also characterized by a refined cultural tradition, very much appealing to sophisticated characters.
If you still want to soak up that all important sun, sea and sand to the maximum, then you'd better visit the main attractions, starting from the fortified Monastery of St. John the Theologian. The monastery consists of interconnecting courtyards, chapels, stairways, arcades, galleries and roof terraces. Hidden in the walls are fragments of an ancient temple of Artemis that was destroyed in the 11th century. The main chapel is lovely, as is the adjoining Chapel of the Theotokos, whose frescoes date from the 12th century.
The Treasury has an impressive array of religious art and treasure, mainly consisting of icons of the Cretan school. The star exhibits are an unusual mosaic icon of Agios Nikolaos and the 11th-century parchment granting the island to Christodoulos.
About halfway up (or down) the cobbled path that leads here is the Cave of the Apocalypse, the very place where St. John is believed to have received his revelations. The cave entrance is marked with a mosaic portraying the visions of John and inside the small grotto, you can see the nightly resting place of John's head, fenced off and outlined in beaten silver. Available here is a brochure written by Archimandrite Koutsanellos, Superior of the Cave, which provides an excellent description of the religious significance of each niche in the rocks, as well as the many icons in the cave.
A visit to these iconic places of Christianity shall definitely awaken the believer inside you.