Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, Patmos

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian (also called Monastery of Saint John the Divine) is a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in 1088 in Chora on the island of Patmos. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage site. It is named after St. John of Patmos.


In 1088, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos gave the island of Patmos to the soldier-priest John Christodoulos. The greater part of the monastery was completed by Christodoulos three years later. He heavily fortified the exterior because of the threats of piracy and Seljuk Turks.

330 manuscripts are housed in the library (267 on parchment), 82 manuscript of the New Testament. Minuscules: 1160-1181, 1385-1389, 1899, 1901, 1966, 2001-2002, 2080-2081, 2297, 2464-2468, 2639, 2758, 2504, 2639, and lectionaries.

As of 2012, 40 monks reside here. The monastery has, amongst its relics, the skull of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

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  • Chora and the Monastery of Saint John the Divine,Patmos (please enlarge )
  • Arcos com sinos
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  • Patmos - Monastero di San Giovanni
  • Monastery as seen from a distance
  • St John's Rooftop Bells
  • Patmos - Il Monastero di San Giovanni
  • Patmos_Monastery of Saint John the Theologian _Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Πατμος
  • Insel Patmos Chora St. Johannis Klosters AJA


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    Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos

    The Cave of the Apocalypse is situated about halfway up the mountain on the Aegean island of Patmos, along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala.

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    Historic Centre (Chora), Patmos

    The Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos.