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The fortified Monastery of Saint John, Patmos, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The fortified Monastery of Saint John from the entrance in upper Hora.

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

(Η Μονή του Αγίου Ιωάννου του Θεολόγου)

The monastery was founded 1088 by Christodoulos (Ο Όσιος Χριστόδουλος), also known as the Blessed Christodoulos Latrinos of Patmos, an abbot from Nicaea in Bithynia (today İznik, northwestern Turkey), who is thought to have lived around 1020-1093 AD.

See gallery page 22 for further details.

Opening hours

Summer (April - October): Every day 8 am - 1.30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday also 4 - 6 pm

Winter (November to March): Every day 8 am - 1 pm

Closed on the first three days of Lent.

Admission FREE

Admission to the Treasury 6 Euros [1]

(The same opening times as the Monastery and Cave of the Apocalypse.)

Tel: +30 22470 20800, 31223

Fax: +30 22470 34098


website: (Greek only)
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© David John

One of the main towers of the Monastery of Saint John, Patmos, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The tower in which the monastery's treasury is housed. Lovely crenellations.
Patmos Notes, references and links

1. Admission charges

According to the official website of the Greek Ministry of Culture, admission costs 2 Euros and is "valid for the monastery and the Treasury as well". As with other data on their website, there is no indication of how old this information is, and it seems unlikely to be up-to-date.


The monastery's own website, which includes much interesting information about the history and organization of the holy places on Patmos, is in Greek only and does not mention admission charges. Unfortunately, attempts to translate this website using online translation applications such as Google Chrome can lead to some unexpected results. "τό μικρό ἀλλά περιώνυμο νησί τῆς Πάτμου", for example, is translated as "the tiny but notorious island of Patmos".

Other sources state that admission to the treasury now costs 8 Euros, but we have not yet been able to confirm this. If you have any further up-to-date information, please get in contact.

The odysseus culture website adds the following information:

Free admission days:
- 27 September, International Tourism Day;
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March.

Reduced admission for:
- Persons possessing a free admission card;
- The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools;
- The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits;

Free admission for:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other member states of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport;
- Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card;
- Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS;
- Persons accompanying blind and disabled;
- Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID;
- The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities;
- University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of member states of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID;
- Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.
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