Renovated Patmos Villa Sophia invites you for a dream holiday season

“From March, starts the summer” boasts an old Greek saying  and today, March 25th, Greece’s National Independence Day, proved it timely.

The weather was marvelous reminding us that the glorious Greek summer is, once again,  upon us.

Timing couldn’t be more perfect  to announce the beginning of the 2017 summer season for the completely renovated and refurbished Villa Sophia on Patmos island.

We invite you to an ideal vacation on this magic haven, “the most idyllic place in Europe”,  as Forbes magazine, among many others, has declared.

Cherish your most exalted reveries and revitalize your body, mind and soul on this authentic legendary Paradise, the most secluded and aristocratic of the Greek islands, an ageless, mystery-guarded secret waiting to be discovered.

And what better way to receive you than the ethereal verses of the primordial Aegean Sea poet, the Nobel Prize laurate Odysseus Elytis:


The Archipelago

the prow of its foams

the gulls of its dreams

the horizons of its voyage

the echo of its nostalgia

the nonchalance of its summer winds

the jib of its hope

On its slightest undulation an island cradles

the coming






Greek summer is peaking and the eclectic Patmos fans are… congregating on their favorite island, dreaming of the «perfect days» that await them there.

It is time perhaps for you to exemplify your adventurous spirit and expand your horizons, by visiting one of the most remote but sensational beaches of the island, «Psili Ammos» (Fine Sand, in Greek).

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Located on the south-west corner of Patmos and about 10 kilometers south of Chora, it is not the most accessible beach but well worth the effort.

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A picturesque cove with pure golden sand, sweeping dunes and lined with many tamarisk trees. Unofficially divided in half, the farthest end is the nudist half, even though nudism is prohibited on Patmos and is tolerated only on some beaches and small, isolated coves.

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The first way to visit this still unspoiled paradise, is to embark on a regular water taxi which leaves from Skala port at about 10.00 in the morning and cruise there for about 45 minutes, during which you will enjoy an astonishing tour of the island, as seen from the sea.

Rocky shores of Patmos

After swimming and enjoying the famous sandy beach, you can eat at the seaside tavern under the trees, ordering the famous local goat with tomato sauce (katsikaki kokinisto) or, if they are out of it, just a simple omelet with fresh eggs from the nearby poultry.

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At 16.00 in the afternoon, the boat sails back to Skala port so you can return to Villa Sophia in time for a nice siesta, to rest from all the swimming and cruising and recharge your batteries for a marvelous night out.

Exquisite small coves outside Grikos

Alternatively, if you want to spend the whole day on the beach and enjoy an unforgettable nap under its shady trees, you can drive by car from Patmos Villa Sophia for 10 minutes or by bus to Diakofti and then walk from there to Psili Ammos through the mountainous pathway. Of course, you must be prepared to walk uphill and then downhill for at least 30 minutes under the sun, but you will be rewarded by relishing some of the most picturesque pathways of the island, with awe inspiring views of both land and sea.

Psili Ammos' beach view from the old pathway

After such a wondrous daylight adventure, perhaps it might be a good idea to enjoy a quiet dinner at the traditional restaurants of the fishing village of Grikos, only 1 km away from Patmos Villa Sophia, and maybe complete your experience by a night cup at the adjacent five star Patmos Aktis Hotel bar.

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Tomorrow promises another perfect day, with amazing experiences on this blessed island haven of the primordial Aegean archipelago…




After three fantastic days of cherishing the exquisite natural beauties of Patmos, it is probably time to dive deeper to discover and explore its perennial history and priceless spiritual treasures.


Perhaps the best way to embark on such a amazing journey which will hopefully allow our intellect and soul to tune into the echo of the eons, is a morning visit to the St John Theologian Monastery, which crowns the largest central hill of Chora, looks like a Byzantine castle, was built like a fortress and still overwhelms the whole island with its presence.

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In 1088 A.D. a gifted and educated monk called Christodoulos requested and was granted possession of all the island by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comninos to establish a Monastery, in honor of Saint John the Evangelist, and to transform the Cave of the Apocalypse into a sacred place.


The construction of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Monastery of the Apocalypse Cave marked the genesis of a cultural, spiritual and religious center, which is a reference point for the whole Christian world and ensured the parallel, remarkable development of Patmos.

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Ever since, the Monastery dominates not only the Chora of Patmos Island which is built around it today but the entire island. It is surrounded by an irregular, rectangular defensive arcade which dates from the end of the 11th up till the 17th century.

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The Monastery’s museum was also erected by the Blessed Christodoulos who bequeathed to it his most precious icons listed in his will.


As a result, it has an amazing collection of icons, original manuscripts from the Bible, objects of silver and gold, sacred relics, vestments embroiled with silver or gold threads, colored silk threads and bejeweled with precious stones to list a few.

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Most of the items within the museum, have to be seen up close to be properly appreciated.

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Holy Christodoulos also founded the monastery library since when he arrived on the island, he brought with him his personal collection of books including manuscripts from the monastic area of Mt. Latmos.


The Monastery’s library is now home now to more than 3000 printed books, 900 manuscripts and 13000 documents dating back to 1073.This room is not open to the public except by special permission, obtained usually by Byzantine and biblical scholars.


The rest of the monastery consists of treasures, the monk’s cells, the flourmill, store rooms, a conference room and a research room with new books and magazines but all these areas are not open to the general public.

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The entire complex of the Monastery constitutes an excellent example of monastic, fortified architecture which is very rare in the world and remains almost intact from the Middle Ages up till today.

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This is only one of the reasons that the Monastery and Chora have all been declared by Unesco as World Heritage Sites and remain crucial centers of pilgrimage for Christianity, with an immense global appeal. Just be cautious to dress a little conservative because it is a religious establishment.


After such a profound plunge into the ageless history of Patmos, it is perhaps a good idea to visit Kampos beach, probably the most popular beach on the island. It is mainly a sandy beach with small pebbles, with clean, shallow waters making it safe for children and plenty of tamarisk trees for natural shade. It is the best organized beach of Patmos with sun beds, umbrellas and various water sports facilities.


It is considered the place to be and be seen and is loved by families with young children for its shallow warm waters. You can hire sun loungers, pedal boats and canoes and get instructions in water ski, wakeboard, wake surf, wake skate and windsurf. If you like speed, a ride on tubes (coils) is sure to be enjoyable and fun. Across the beach, you will find nice snack bars and cafeterias with tasty pies, fabulous desserts and refreshing drinks.


To complete such a great day, you can dine at Bennetos Restaurant  which is located only a mile from Patmos Villa Sophia and is considered one of the best places to eat on the island. You will only need to reserve your table in time (0030 2247033089) because it is usually very busy, particularly in high season.


After such a luscious dinner and a stroll under the mesmerizing nocturnal sky, it’s time for a rejuvenating night’s sleep at Patmos Villa Sophia, full of marvelous dreams on the many more perfect days to come…





After savoring our first two “perfect days” on Patmos, it is natural to feel considerably more relaxed and eager to appreciate the rare beauties and finer energies of this blessed place.

It is time perhaps to explore the more distant and secluded parts of the island, such as its northern peninsula, where a series of exquisite, adjacent beaches like Vagia, Liginou and Didimes offer delightful swimming, diving and strolling along their dreamy pathways.

Vagia is a pebble beach with tamarisks for shade and often quieter than most easily accessible beaches. It lies only 10 km, about 10-15 minutes drive,  from Patmos Villa Sophia and, just a few meters from the beach, there is a cafeteria where we can enjoy coffee and other beverages or taste delicious homemade pies and pastries, well known all over the island.

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The twin beaches (Didimes in Greek) derive their name from lying side by side in two almost identical bays and are also known as Liginou beaches. They are two small marvelous coves, with crystal clear blue waters, isolated, exotic and not organized while a few trees provide natural shade.


On our way back to the villa, we can stop for late lunch or early dinner at the Kima restaurant by the seaside outside Skala near Koumana, situated right across Patmos Villa Sophia, enjoying the view of Chora and trying fresh fish, if we can spot it, or the more economical seafood (kalamari, shrimps etc).


At night, after a short stop at the villa for a refreshing shower and the… established cocktails by the swimming pool, we can visit Skala, Patmos’ main port.


There, we can explore the numerous arty souvenir boutiques, inland from the excursion boat dock, with antiques and unique creations sometimes created from old widgets by veterans of the Athens Flea Market (Monastiraki).


At some shops we can find reasonably priced porcelain, crystal and silver items and the Patmian embroidery is famous for its elegance.


We can also choose from a wide variety of fresh ice cream and local pastries at Christodoulos Koumanis’ pastry shop opposite the bus stop on the port of Skala.


Then, you can enjoy them during a nostalgic long promenade along the port’s marina with the elegant sailing boats and impressive mega yachts.

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“Perfect Day Three” has come to an end, but the wonders of Patmos are only beginning to unfold…


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Only a little…hero would wake up at dawn during holidays.

Even if the prize, the spectacular sunrise across Patmos Villa Sophia, is worth every second of lost snoozing.


So, on our second perfect day on this blessed island, we have very deservedly earned the right to spoil ourselves.

We wake up at our leisure and not even bother to prepare breakfast. Instead, we head off for one of the most traditional coffee bars and classic «hubs» of the island, the legendary Arion.


Its elegant neoclassical building is situated at the exact center of Patmos, combining delicious omelettes, with a nearby international newsstand and a delightful kaleidoscope of simple yet mesmerizing island life.

If you allow yourself to simply «take it all in», you can enjoy one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences of your life.

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Following this majestic delight, there is nothing healthier than a long stroll and a refreshing swim, so it might be a good idea to choose one of the most faraway beaches, such as the Livadi Geranou beach on the north.

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It offers one of the best swimming experiences on the island with its excellent water and the magnificent view of the Monastery.

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While you are in the area, you can also visit the Geranou Bay little Virgin Mary church, located on the farthest point of the island and witness a fantastic sunset.

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Later in the night, after perhaps a short rest interval in Patmos Villa Sophia, you can enjoy dinner and drinks at any of the restaurants and bars located on the little plaza, known as «la piazetta», in the center of the traditional settlement of Chora, considered a world heritage site by Unesco.

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A romantic nocturnal promenade around the alleys of Chora, the most notable medieval architectural marvel in Greece, can prove true magic.

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Its amazing highlights can be seen in the beautiful settlement presenting a plethora of whitewashed mansions and Aegean style houses that embrace the fortified monastery.

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At night, the splendidly lit Castle Monastery of Saint John the Theologian brings immediately to mind the exalted perception of Heavenly Jerusalem that the prophet beheld in his apocalyptic vision.

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Indeed, the perfect end to a “Perfect Day 2”.



Vacations are sacred!

Isn’t it true that even a few short flashes of last summer’s cherished holiday memories, can get you through the darkest, coldest winter nights?

Isn’t fantasizing about the “perfect days” you are going to relish on your next trip, often as enjoyable as the real experience itself?

Isn’t Patmos, the most idyllic place to live in Europe, according to Forbes magazine, ideal for offering such perfect days, preceded by the pleasure of dreaming about them and followed by the bliss of recollecting them forever?

For me, a perfect day in this incredible place starts rather early in the morning by watching the breathtaking sunrise right across Patmos Villa Sophia, considered the best view in the whole island.

I continue by enjoying a tasty and wholesome breakfast comprised of local, pure products with my beloved family outside in the southeastern balcony of Patmos Villa Sophia.


Right after, we decide to drive across the island towards its northern part, admiring the picturesque scenery and getting a sense of the simple but enchanting island life.


A few minutes later, we arrive at Lambi Beach swim, admire the beautiful pebbles and enjoy lunch at the seaside tavern, ordering fresh fish or the more economical grilled meat variety, greek salad and flaming fried cheese {saganaki flambe)


Right after lunch, we return to Patmos Villa Sophia relax with a short nap and cool off with cocktails around the swimming pool, marveling at the spectacular sight of the endless blue of the Aegean sea.


A little later, just before and during sunset, we take a refreshing stroll across the fantastic pathway around Patmos Villa Sophia leading to the nearby Grikos and Petra beaches.

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There, we try the local specialties like rabbit with tomato sauce and onions (lagos stifatho) and many other delicacies at the nearby Petra restaurant near the Patmos greenhouse and savor wine from the nearby vineyard.


When we return home, we enjoy a last drink in the romantic, candlelit verandas of Patmos Villa Sophia gazing at the wondrous night sky.


There, thousands of sparkling stars and our majestic Milky Way Galaxy can be seen absolutely clearly – echoing the ancient Greek myth that they were created by milk coming from the breasts of Mother of Gods Hera – because Patmos has lucid skies, few lights and is located in the middle of the Archipelago.

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The perfect end to a “Perfect Day 1”…


Patmos Paradise for family vacations

The fondest memories of my life definitely spring from our family’s vacations in Patmos.

In the morning, after a yummy and highly nutritious breakfast comprised of local, pure products, we head off for the beach.

Depending on our mood, we can choose any shore we feel like, sandy, rocky, remote, popular, adjacent or afar, because we know that all of them are magnificent and ideal for children and adults alike, with crystal clear waters and hospitable environment.

After the swim, we either return home for lunch or visit one of the more than fifty local taverns and enjoy fresh fish or meat, salads and numerous other delicious, traditional recipes.

In the afternoons, we usually relax with a short siesta or lounge about the pool and, right before and during sunset, we take a refreshing stroll along Patmos’ dreamlike pathways.

At night, we enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner served indoors or outside, next to the pool and the various villa’s verandas. We can also simply decide to tour the island’s attractions such as the port of Skala, the medieval castle monastery of Chora, the picturesque villages and many seafront restaurants and bars.

It is impossible to describe in such a small note the magic that a family vacation in Patmos offers. A more detailed description can perhaps be found in the «25 reasons to come» list,  published earlier in this blog.

Yet, the best way remains, simply, to come and see for yourselves…




Easter in Patmos, Thyme and Incense, Poetry and Resurrection

Easter in Patmos can undoubtedly prove to be a unique and mystagogical experience, if you can truly allow your soul tune into the finer energies of the island.

After all, very few places in the world are so closely linked to religious worship and constitute such a celebrated spiritual beacon throughout the eons.

The wild and awe-inspiring natural beauty combined with an eternal historical aura of profound devoutness, have indelibly marked the land, where the Beloved Disciple of Christ, Saint John the Theologian had his tremendous vision of God and composed the “Apocalypse”, the ultimate prophetic Book of the whole Bible.

The majestic Patmos Easter customs, events and surrounding atmosphere celebrating the Pathos and Resurrection of the Lord, are unequaled in creating a fascinating, profoundly warm hearted experience to be cherished forever.

As Nobel prize laureate poet Odysseus Elytis elegantly recounted from his childhood memories of visiting picturesque, remote little chapels scattered amid the Aegean countryside, “the blending aroma of thyme and incense” had ever since come to animate inside him “the union of the physical and the metaphysical”.


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To Πάσχα στην Πάτμο μπορεί αναμφίβολα να αναδειχθεί σε μια αξέχαστη, μυσταγωγική εμπειρία, ιδίως αν αφήσετε την ψυχή σας να εμβαπτισθεί στη μοναδική ενέργεια του νησιού.

Υπάρχουν άλλωστε ελάχιστα μέρη σε όλο τον πλανήτη τόσο άρρηκτα συνδεδεμένα με την λατρεία του Θεού, ώστε να λάμπουν ως πνευματικοί φάροι στην διάρκεια των αιώνων.

Η απαράμιλλη φυσική ομορφιά του τοπίου σε συνδυασμό με την αρχέγονη ιστορική αύρα βαθιάς κατάνυξης έχουν σημαδέψει ανεξίτηλα, το μέρος, όπου ο ηγαπημένος μαθητής του Χριστού, ο Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος οραματίσθηκε την “Αποκάλυψη”, το έσχατο, ακροτελεύτιο προφητικό βιβλίο της Αγίας Γραφής.

Η Ανάσταση του Κυρίου γιορτάζεται στην Πάτμο με έθιμα παμπάλαια και μοναδικά, μέσα σε μια ατμόσφαιρα ειλικρινούς και βαθιάς κατάνυξης, ιδανική για να μπορέσει η καρδιά σας να ταξιδέψει στον απόμακρο αλλά απολύτως υπαρκτό και σαγηνευτικό χώρο του αγίου.

Όπως ο ίδιος ο Οδυσσέας Ελύτης τόσο γοητευτικά περιγράφει, ανατρέχοντας στις παιδικές του επισκέψεις σε απόμακρα, γραφικά Αιγαιοπελαγίτικα ξωκκλήσια,  «από τότε η μέθεξη του αρώματος από θυμάρι και λιβάνι κατάληξε να συμβολίζει μέσα μου την ένωση του φυσικού με το μεταφυσικό»

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Πάσχα στην Πάτμο στο link http://www.bluestarferries.gr/site/img/spring%202010/pdf/patmos.pdf




Patmos – which in ancient inscriptions is often mentioned as Patnos – owes, according to some historians, its name to the word “Patna” = manger and by others to the neighbouring mount Latmos of Asia Minor, which in ancient times was a worship place for goddess Artemis and hunting hero Endymion and from which arrived the first inhabitants of the island, bringing with them the worship of the goddess.

According to ancient mythology, the island was first named Litois, in honour of the Goddess Artemis who was also called Litoida because she was the daughter of Lito.
Legend mentions that the island sunk into the sea and that Artemis, with the help of Apollo, managed to persuade Zeus to bring the island back to the surface and, as a proof of devotion, the inhabitants of the island named it Litois.
According to the myth, Patmos was a present from Zeus to his daughter Artemis, goddess of hunting and young women and certain historians believe that she was worshipped here in antiquity, and the monastery of St. John was built on her temple.

Deer-huntress Artemis frequently paid visits to Caria, the mainland across the shore from Patmos, where she had a shrine on Mount Latmos and there, she used to meet up with the moon goddess Selene, who cast her light on the ocean, revealing the sunken island of Patmos.

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Selene was always trying to get Artemis to bring the sunken island to the surface and, hence, to life and she finally convinced Artemis, who, in turn, elicited her brother Apollo’s help, in order to persuade Zeus to allow the island to arise from the sea.

Zeus agreed, and the island emerged from the water, the Sun dried up the land and brought life to it. Gradually, inhabitants from the surrounding areas, including Mount Latmos, settled on the island and named it “Letois” in honour of Artemis.

Patmos is also connected to another legend, the one of Orestes. It is said that he fled to the island after murdering his mother Clytemnestra, and was hunted by the Erynies.



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The island of Patmos has been inhabited since 3,000 BC, but the identity of its first inhabitants is still unknown. The earliest remains of human settlements in Patmos date to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000 BC) and consist of pottery shards from Kastelli, the most important archaeological site so far identified.

Patmos is seldom mentioned by ancient writers and, therefore, very little can be conjectured about the earliest inhabitants.
Some believe that the Kares, the Leleges and the Pelasgoi were the first settlers while others claim that the Dorians were the first inhabitants, followed by the Ionians.
In the Classical period, the Patmians prefer to identify themselves as Dorians descending from the families of Argos, Sparta and Epidaurus, further mixing with people of Ionian ancestry.
Finds have excavated various buildings, cemeteries, fortresses and evidence of an ancient acropolis, testifying the existence of a densely populated area in the past. During the Peloponnesian Wars, the Lacedemonians came to the island to escape from the Athenians and ruins testify about the flourishing of the island during this period.

Judging from archaeological finds, Kastelli continued to play an important role on the island throughout the Ancient Greek period (c. 750 BC-323 BC) and during the 3rd century BC, the Hellenistic period, the settlement of Patmos acquired the form of an acropolis with an improved defense through a fortification wall and towers.
So, essentially, as the rest of the Dodecanese islands, it paid tribute to Athens in the 5th century BC, belonged to the Macedonians in the 4th century BC, and was taken by the Romans in the 2nd century BC.
The island of Patmos declined when the Romans conquered it. It was used as a place of exile for convicts and this is how Apostle John came to Patmos, exiled by the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus in 95 AC. The prophet was ostracized from Miletus by the Roman governor for preaching the Christian faith and stayed in Patmos for two years.

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Once on the island, the Apostle conveyed the inhabitants to Christianity and wrote the Book of Revelation, the Apocalypse. Patmos then became a place of worshipping and pilgrimage and actually the culture and history of Patmos is strongly connected to the Apocalypse of Saint John.
Patmos is mentioned in the Christian scriptural Book of Revelation. The book’s introduction states that its author, John, was on Patmos when he was given and recorded a vision from Jesus. Early Christian tradition identified this writer John of Patmos as John the Apostle. As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage and visitors can see the cave where John is beleived to have received his Revelation (the Cave of the Apocalypse), and several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John.
After the death of John of Patmos, possibly around 100 and the division of the Roman Empire in 284 A.D. though, Christianity was officially recognized and the Byzantine Empire flourished.

During the Byzantine times, a number of Early Christian basilicas were erected on Patmos and among these was a Grand Royal Basilica in honor of Saint John, built c. 300-350 at the location where the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian stands today.
Early Christian life on Patmos barely survived Muslim raids from the 7th to the 9th century and during this period, the Grand Basilica of Saint John was destroyed.
In 1085, though, a zealous Byzantine monk, the Reverend Father Christodoulos was forced by the Turks to abandon his temple in Asia Minor and went to the island of Kos were he founded a monastery. There, he met the monk Arsenios Skinouris who asked him his help to build the Monastery of Saint John in Patmos.
The construction of the monastery started in 1101, after the permission of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komninos the 1st, who gave to Christodoulos the complete authority over the island of Patmos. As a result, the Monastery’s power was to extend over the island’s borders, to such a degree that the island was never occupied by neither Turks nor Venetians and the only attacks came from pirates there and then.

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The fame of the monastery grew, a settlement started to expand around it and during the end of the 12th century, the island of Patmos was transformed into a large commercial center.
In 1207, the Venetians conquered Patmos and the reign was given to the Duke of Naxos. Supported by him, the island became a semi-autonomous monastic state and gained great wealth and influence.
In 1340, the Knights of Saint John who had seized Rhodes conquered the island of Patmos and, in the following centuries, population was expanded by infusions of Byzantine immigrants fleeing the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and Cretan immigrants escaping the fall of Candia in 1669.

In 1522, the Turks came to the island and appointed a representative but, after a while, they left just forcing it to pay some taxes. Later, when the Turkish-Venetian Wars ended, tranquility returned to Patmos and the island flourished, becoming once again an important commercial center. Massive fortifications were built around the monastery as a protection from the pirates. In 1655, Patmos was in essence governed by the monks and prospered again but its growth stopped in 1659, when Francesco Morozini, the leader of the Venetians, conquered and destroyed the island.

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Through shipping, commerce and the efforts of the inhabitants, Patmos soon regained its lost nobility, glamour and prosperity so that during the early 18th century, the island’s wealth was separated into secular and monastic entities. The Patmian School was founded by Makarios Kalogeras in 1713 near the cave of the Apocalypse but the Russians conquered the island in 1770, after the Turkish-Venetian War.
Generally, the island remained under Ottoman Empire influence for almost 300 years, but it enjoyed a certain degree of respect and certain privileges, mostly related to tax-free trade by the Monastery, as certified by Ottoman imperial documents held in its Library.

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The Greek Revolution erupted in 1821 and managed to achieve independence for the new state by 1832. Nevertheless, the relevant treaty signed in London did not include the islands of the Dodecanese as part of the newly built Greek State, and all twelve islands fell again under Turkish occupation, even though one of the three founders of Filiki Etaireia which initiated the Greek Revolution was Emmanuel Xanthos, who descended from Patmos.
In 1912, in connection with the Italo-Turkish War, the Italians occupied all the islands of the Dodecanese, including Patmos and remained there until 1943, when Nazi Germany took over the island.
In 1945, the Germans left and the island of Patmos remained autonomous until 1948 when it joined the rest of independent Greece as part of the Dodecanese Islands.

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The architecture of Patmos is strongly related to the foundation of the Monastery of Saint John, the most notable medieval architectural marvel in Greece. Its highlights can be seen in the beautiful settlement presenting a plethora of whitewashed mansions and Aegean style houses that embrace the fortified monastery in Chora.
Due to the constant pirates attacks, the Chora settlement was fortified, not with walls but according to the structural plan of the houses that allowed no openings and no special appearance.
In Patmos, there are no more white & blue villages (as in the Cyclades) but there are more white & brown, as they are built mainly in stone, though the walls keep the white color.
A typical Patmian house is divided in two parts, serving basic needs of the locals with a lovely flourishing garden and storage areas in the basement. The Byzantine structural elements which are often seen in the capital testify to the island’s historical importance, throughout the ages. Following the financial development of Patmos island, we see the appearance of two-story luxurious houses and mansions that very much resemble each other. Most of the later villas and lodgings have respected the traditional architecture.