St. John Monastery & GrottoPATMOS : 2hr Tour
Depart from the port of Scala and enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the monastery of St. John is
built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery marvel at
this magnificent structure, which was built 900 years ago. View the courtyard, the monks’ dining room and the old
bakery before you visit the main church noted for its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Next, visit the
small museum where priceless ecclesiastical treasures, books, manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval
textiles, vestments and jewellery are housed. Return to your motorcoach and continue to the nearby Grotto of the
Apocalypse and the Monastery of the Apocalypse above it. Walk down the steps to the Grotto of the Apocalypse.
Here you will see the niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of
the Revelation and the crack in the rock made by the voice of God honouring the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive
back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town.