Discover Chora in Patmos

Picturesque street in the centre of Chora, the capital of Patmos island

Chora is the capital town of Patmos and one of the most picturesque villages of the Dodecanese islands. Located 3 km from the port of Skala, Chora is actually constructed on top of a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. The most impressive spot in Chora is the Monastery of Saint John, surrounded by walls that make it look like a fortress. These walls are lined around with white houses and mansions, creating a lovely town with special architecture.

Since the Byzantine times, Chora of Patmos had many religious and economical advantages as this was considered a holy place. The fact that Apostle John was inspired and wrote the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) on this land, according to tradition, attracted many Byzantine noble men and religious masters in Patmos. These men constructed monasteries and religious schools on the island, making it famous as a great destination for theological studies in the Medieval times. One famous school for theological studies was the Patmian School that existed until the 19th century.

In addition, the noble men of the Byzantine Empire constructed elegant mansions in Patmos, many of which survive until today. A stroll around Chora will bring you to nice mansions, stone houses with flowered yards, small squares and monasteries. In Chora, do not certainly miss the Monastery of Saint John with the Ecclesiastical Museum. Another famous monastery in Chora of Patmos is the Monastery of Zoodochos Pighi.

In the middle way between Chora and Skala, about 1 km from Chora, is the Holy Cave of Apocalypse. This is where God revealed the Apocalypse to Apostle John. Every summer, at the yard of the Cave, a religious festival takes place with participations from all over the world.

Sightseeing in Chora, Patmos
Bell tower of Saint John Monastery in Patmos island, Greece

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is the most famous sightseeing in Patmos and an important religious place for Christians. Also called the Monastery of Saint John the Divine, it is a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in 1088 on the highest spot of Chora, the capital of Patmos island. The first thing to notice in Patmos is this monastery that crowns the highest spot of...