Patmos lays at the most northern part of the prefecture of Dodecanese between Ikaria and Leros Islands. The island is only 34 square kilometres in size, with a maximum length of 25 kilometres. Most of the inhabitants live in Chora, Skala the island's port, Kambos and Grikos. It is a holy island, a place of pilgrimage for both Orthodox and western Christians. It was here that St. John wrote his divinely inspired revelation, The Apocalypse. However, Patmos is also known for its beautiful coastal areas, crystal-clear seas and sandy beaches, traditional, picturesque villages, inlets
and coves and its eventful past. Chora is the capital of the island. A medieval settlement with an architecture forming white mansions, as well as houses in the Aegean Sea style, being one of the attraction points for the visitors from all around the world. Chora is independent with regards to shops, restaurants, taverns and bars. Skala is the port of the island and the largest town of Patmos. In Skala there are many restaurants, cafes, shops, bars and night clubs. From there you can also visit other places of the island by bus or by small speedboats or fishing boats. Kambos is composed of Pano (Upper) Kambos and Kato (Lower) Kambos. In Pano Kambos there is the square of the village and the school, the church and some traditional taverns. In Kato Kambos there is the biggest beach of the island which is fully organized and is 5,5 km far from Skala. Grikos is built in a magical bay, overlooking Kalikatsou. There you will find an organized beach, many taverns and some nearby quiet beaches with trees for shade. It is only 5 km far from Skala. The Holy Monastery of Patmos has ten chapels, four of which are located in its yard. In the Catholic of the Monastery, there is a temple of uniPatmosque art, created in 1829, by 12 sculptors. The icons and the frescos in the Catholic are of immense beauty and value. The Holy Cave of Apocalypse is situated in the middle of the hill between Skala and Chora. St. Christodoulos refurbished the cave when he arrived to Patmos . Today, pilgrims can see the place at which the Apocalypse was written, the place where St. John stayed, the massive rock that opened up in there and through which God dictated the Apocalypse to St. John, the point were the Evangelist lay his head to rest and a curve on the rock, which he would hold onto, in order to rise.
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