The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

During a recent visit to Patmos, Greece I had the wonderful opportunity to tour the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in the village of Chora. While walking through this historic byzantine structure that was built in 1088, I was amazed not only by its ancient relics and artifacts but by its simple charm and beauty.


The contrast of the hard byzantine style fortress with the indigo sky, the white hilltop structures and the cerulean sea exudes an inexplicable beauty.

le monastère de Saint Jean « le théologien » et la grotte de l'Apocalypse sur l'île de Patmos

Doorways and windows hide little crevices of simple and holy elegance.


The quiet staircases and walkways diverge with the scurrying about of the black vested monks.


The arches and porticoes cast dramatic shadows upon the monastery’s pilgrims and inhabitants.



The ancient icons and frescos radiate a mysterious allure that touches one’s soul.

The monastery’s land encompasses vast field, and hilltops painted with windmills. This is the view (below) as you journey upward toward the monastery.



I hope you enjoyed seeing this simple yet majestic glimpse of The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. The monastery along with its island can’t help but inspire you with its quiet and mystical grace, charm and spirituality.

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