SPIRIT OF PATMOS

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Duration: 4 hours (approx)
Departure: Everyday.


Description

Depart for visiting 17th century monastery and the Cave of Apocalypse built around the monastery.The pilgrims have come to Patmos to see the holy cave for centuries. He received his revelation in this cave and wrote the last book of the New Testament. The cave is large but low,so you can easily touch the ceiling.The cave entrance is marked with mosaic portraying the visions of John and inside the small grotto, you can see the nightly resting place of John’s head.

The Monastery of Saint John located at top of the hill and  consist of interconnecting courtyards, chapels, stairways, arcades, galleries and roof terrace. Hidden in the walls are fragments of an ancient Temple of Artemis that was destroyed in the 11th century.The library of the monastery was found  by Hosios Christodoulos. Today the library has 900 manuscripts.The museum has some world-class exhibits (including documents,silverwork and textiles) covering more than millennium. There are old writings dating back as far as 1073, icons and religious paintings including an original El Greco.

After the monastery we will visit one of the traditional Patmian houses,the three hundred year old House of Simandiris family. Among its many treasures are beautifully gilded mirrors, silverware, paintings, rustic chandeliers and exquisite brocade furnishings. This visit offers you an exceptional look into the past.Then we will proceed to “Aloni” restaurant and enjoy  some ouzo with Greek snacks while attending a Greek folklore show where you may participate.Return to the port at the end of the tour.

TO VISIT THE MONASTERY MEN HAVE TO WEAR LONG TROUSERS WOMEN SKIRTS, DRESSES OR LONG TROUSERS. KNEES AND SHOULDERS MUST BE COVERED IN ANY CASE.

What’s Included

  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Professional guidance and entrance fees.
  • Local taxes.

What’s Not Included

  • Tips (optional).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch.