Apocalypse Now | A Guide to Patmos

The Greek island where St John wrote the ‘Book of Revelation’ is uplifting in its elegance and authentic sophistication

The overall atmosphere on Patmos is at once cosmopolitan and discreet, a unique combination. Neither arrogant nor pretentious, this must-see island offers carefree ways, late nights and plenty of music, often quite loud around the port area of Skala. Chora, the island’s main town, has an air of mystery about it, while the island’s churches and monasteries testify to its devoutness and the beaches of Patmos are perfect for careless and relaxed fun.

The architecture of the island and its views are unique

Stroll around the main town’s alleys. The architecture on view here is stunning and the mansions are unique. Visitors are bound to be captivated by architectural details such as the vaulted arches through which the town’s winding alleys pass; by buildings like the neoclassical town hall, dating back to 1870; and by the quaint town squares. The town of Chora, which sprang up around the Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Theologos, features houses that have maintained many elements typical of Byzantine-era homes, such as cisterns and courtyards. The Nikolaidis Mansion, open to the public, is a great example of such a structure. Strolling through the alleys is a little like traveling back in time to the 16th and 17th centuries, when many of Chora’s houses were built. The music, kept low at the bars and tavernas, helps preserve the main town’s refined quality, offering a pleasantly sociable atmosphere.

The area around the Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Theologos in Chora features houses that have maintained many elements typical of Byzantine-era homes