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The “island of the Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean” welcomes you. Patmos is quite popular among pilgrims, since one of Christ’s disciples, St. John the Divine, wrote the Book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, in one of the island’s caves during his exile. The stunning beauty of Hóra, a carefully preserved medieval settlement with narrow, maze-like lanes and stone-built houses. will take your breath away.

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Patmos may be known worldwide as the Holy Island, but it is simultaneously an ideal destination for nature-lovers. Its particular geo-morphological contours with its indented coastline, steep hills and volcanic soil, are harmoniously combined with mild tourist development, making it the ideal destination for people seeking tourism of the countryside.
Saint John the Theologian (or Divine) arrived from Miletos as an exile in 95 AD, and remained on the island for two years, where, in the Cave of the Apocalypse, he wrote the holy book of the same name, as well as preaching Christianity and baptizing Christians, thereby determining the history of the place.
During the Byzantine period (mainly in the 7th and 8th century) Arab raids caused the island to be abandoned. Many monuments were destroyed, and its remaining inhabitants were captured and sold as slaves. Patmos would start being settled again in the 11th century and specifically in 1088 AD when Blessed Christodoulos Latrinos established the Monastery of St John the Divine after the entire island was ceded to him by Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus. The craftsmen who came to build the Monastery were the first inhabitants of the Kampos region in the north of the island, after which they moved to the Monastery walls to protect it from pirate raids, thereby creating the first residential nucleus of Hora.
The Venetian invasion of Patmos took place in 1659, and the Monastery was looted. But when the Venetian State war ended, the island fell into the hands of the Turks, but did not prevent the inhabitants from acquiring ever more ships and the Monastery more prestige. In the late 18th century, Patmos entered into a new era of prosperity that led to its establishment as a center of shipping and trade.
The medieval settlement of Hora developed around the Monastery of St John the Divine. The small white houses sparkle under the Aegean sun, and the two-storey mansions stand proudly. Skala, the port and capital of Patmos, is the largest community on the island. Here, among the Italian administrative buildings, are many accommodation options and tavernas with fresh fish.
Just 5 km from Skala is the seaside village of Griko, with the beach of the same name.
The most cosmopolitan beach on the island is that of Kampos. If you like isolated beaches, take the little boat from Skala and head for Psili Ammos. Bayia is the beach with the coldest water and the most famous sweets on the island. The beach at Sapsila has the warmest water on the island, while the one at Lambi charms you with its multicoloured pebbles. Board the little boats and depart for Skala to visit the nearby rocky islets of Arkia as well as the unique Marathi, a tiny islet with crystal clear waters and fresh fish.

Source: www.patmos.gr