The Book of Revelations - Monastery of St. John & Patmian House
Patmos is often called the Jerusalem of the Aegean, the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations in the Bible. To gain a better appreciation of the islands sites and history, we invite you to join us on our uniquely interesting land adventure visit to the monastery where the resident monks will provide you with a guided walk through their sanctuaries. Don't be afraid to ask questions; almost all of them are quite interesting and love to engage in conversations with you. The driving distances from the pier are quite short so much of this land adventure is spent exploring the upper town on foot. You also have the opportunity to step into a typical Patmian home. The local guides are also helpful to point you into the right directions for any independent afternoon explorations of the upper (Chora) or lower (Skala) town on your own. And bring your Euros and credit cards. There are some interesting shops just outside the monastery. Do not forget to take in the breathtaking views from the Upper Town. Depart from the pier today for a short scenic ride to Chora and the UNESCO listed Monastery of St. John the Theologian, built high on an ancient acropolis. The monastery's massive 15th-century walls and 17th-century battlements loom over the town belying an intimate and peaceful interior of arches, inlaid pebble stone floors, and whitewashed buildings. The charming chapel of Christodoulos is profusely decorated with frescoes and the old treasury, now a museum, displays a breathtaking collection of jeweled chalices, crowns, crucifixes, vestments and old manuscripts. Travel on to the Grotto of St. John where the saint heard the voice of God and wrote his revelations. It was here, the most sacred spot on the island, where St. John the Theologian spent 16 months in exile, and this simple cave is now a chapel and place of pilgrimage. Both the Cave and the Monastery have been UNESCO listed in 1999. The iconostases built into the cave depict St. John's visions and the spots where the saint slept, wrote, and heard "a great voice, as of a trumpet." Back in Chora you'll visit one of the traditional Patmian houses, the house of the Simantiris family. The magnificence of Patmian home interiors is stunning. Entering the thick wooden entrance door is like stepping into another dimension, with Venetian style furniture, handicrafts and multi-colored mosaic ceilings dating from the 18th century. After your visit, drive through the town of Chora on the way back to SeaDream in Skala.
Notes: Proper (modest) dress code is required for the monastery and the Grotto. Gentlemen must be in long trousers and ladies must wear skirts or a dress covering the knee and shoulders should be covered. Sandals or similar open footwear is allowed. This land adventure includes some uphill walking as well as steps in the upper town of Chora, the local home and at the Grotto. Therefore, flat and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. As long as you are reasonably fit we are sure that you can manage the walk and steps; a great way to exercise in some lovely surroundings! A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. The price is subject to increase based on the rapidly rising exchange rate between the Euro to the US Dollar. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Voyages where this land adventure can be found:
- Aug 15, 2015 - Dubrovnik to Athens (Piraeus)
- Aug 22, 2015 - Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul
- Aug 29, 2015 - Istanbul to Istanbul
- Oct 10, 2015 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Aug 29, 2015 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jun 25, 2016 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jun 25, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul
- Jul 02, 2016 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Aug 27, 2016 - Dubrovnik to Athens (Piraeus)
- Sep 03, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)