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“Sailing the Aegean with sailing boat Armida”

Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Patmos
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Owner description: Massive stone monastery completed in the 11th century in honor of St. John the apostle.
Reviewed 6 September 2013

We arrived in Patmos at 13.25 after leaving Rhodes port at 8.30 am with the Dodecanisos Pride catamaran. . We chartered a 37 ft Hanse sailing boat named Armida provided with a skipper for 1 week . Saw St . John's monastry situated in Chora. viewed Patmos Skala.. Next day shopped our provisions and started our trip. First stop , only an hour away with a slight wind blowing was Marathi island swam out to shore , only 3 restaurants, and then headed for Arkious !/2 hr away. Lovely little island . Tiganakia was our next stop for swimming in beautiful crystal clear waters and fishing for our dinner. Slept at Lipsous. Morning after headed towards Leros , swimming in Bafouti bay and then for the night in Panteli. Slowly heading for Rhodes , stopped at Symi and finally Rhodes . Enjoyed our week ,sailing and swimming , had a terrific skipper who knew most of the beautiful little bays . I would highly recommend the Armida aegean sailing tours with skipper anytime.

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

It is worth seeing. A lot of religion related groups coming all over the world to visit this monaster.

2  Thank Tekin O
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

The monastery sits on top of Chora the capital of Patmos island and it is a must visit whether you are religious or not.
Dedicated to St. John who wrote the Book of Revelation is perhaps one of the most important monasteries in the Christian religion and also a very important Byzantine building and architecture.
You can take a bus or taxi to get to the top or even walk if you are fit and have the time.
As with all religious sights dress sensibly.
The entrance fee is modest and it also includes entrance into the museum which contains some of the most important artefacts and scriptures of the Eastern Church.
The Byzantine frescos are simply superb.
After the visit enjoy the view over the island and don't forget to have a walk around the picturesque streets of Chora.
You must not miss the monastery, it's a hugely moving experience.

6  Thank OTT12
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

A very old, beautiful and picturesque monastery with an inside courtyard full of flower pots. It's situated on the top of a hill so you'll be needing comfortable flat shoes to reach the site. Make sure you visit by yourself and not as part of a noisy group in order to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the place, and make sure you find the time to visit the surrounding area, enjoy the view and take lots of pictures.

2  Thank Christiana H
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We travelled here from Samos. Our holiday rep advised organising our own transport rather than taking the set tour and she was right. We travelled by Flying Dolphin and arrived at Patmos at 9am. The local bus met the boat and meant we reached the monastery as it was opening and so it was very quiet and peaceful and we had a chance to talk with one of the monks.

We strolled back down to the port by footpaths, stopping at the Cave of the Revelation on the way. This visit was one of the highlights of our holiday and we had no objections to paying the 4E entry fee, which included the museum containing the treasures of the monastery.

5  Thank ChaletSchoolFan
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