Patmos is not a big island, but it is one of the best known. "The Jerusalem of the Aegean" is one way of describing Patmos or Patnos, as it was referred to on a 5th century inscription. It was here that St. John the Theologian was exiled between 95 and 97 A.D. and was inspired to write the Book of Revelation or Apocalypse, 10th and last book of the Bible.
Patmos , situated between Leros and Ikaria , is a mountainous island with rocky soil and an abundance of small coves.
Nevertheless, there is more to the island than its Christian reputation : many nice beaches, fruits and olive groves on the green hills, majestic fortress-monastery tophill above the port, surrounded by typical white houses, small churches and sea captains' mansions, separated from each other by narrow lanes, high walls and small squares.
Patmos is listed on the World Heritage of UNESCO :
- The Monastery of St. John the Theologian with its priceless treasures,
- The traditional village of Chora, that was built in the Middle Age
- The Cave of the Apocalypse
According to mythology, Patmos was offered by Zeus to his daughter Artemis, goddess of hunting and young women. She was worshipped here in antiquity, and the monastery of St. John was built on her temple.
The island is quite windy, so windsurfing or renting a car or moped are among the favorite activities for holiday makers. You may also want to join daytrips to the small neighbouring islands Marathi, Arki and Lipsi. At Grikos you can rent a small sailing boat.