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Chora (town) of Patmos is one of the most impressive capitals in Dodecanese. It keeps its identity and traditional feature. Every visitor is impressed by its view. The white settlement embosoms the castle-monastery of Saint John on the top of the hill.
Walking around the narrow cobblestone paths of Chora you will discover gradually the island’s important history. Especially when you pass the historic path that leads to Skala, Patmos’ port, and see the imposing walls in front of you, it becomes clear then why this island is considered sacred. This path was built in 1794 and at that time was the island’s central road. Today it is one of the graphic routes in the enchanting capital.
While touring in Chora you will admire the stone mansions and the whitewashed traditional houses around the historic monastery. Characteristic is that houses have high yard walls joined one with the other creating a second wall around Chora. This local architecture with the small yards protected behind high walls was common during byzantine period and protected residents from pirate invasions. You will meet many byzantine churches, most of which are dated from the 15th and 17th century.
Except from the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of Apocalypses, worth visiting is the monastery of Zoodohos Pygi built in 1607 a characteristic sample of the island architecture. Visit the monastery of Annunciation in the beautiful location of Kipi built on a deep gorge.
Patmos is characterized as a sacred island and the symbol of Orthodoxy. It has many churches with rare icons and religious heirlooms. Visit as many as you can.
Don’t miss visiting the residence of Emmanuel Xanthos, one of the founders of Filic Company and a student in Patmiada School. The Folkloric Museum is roofed under a traditional stylish house, Simantiri, built in 1625 by craftsmen from Smyrni. You will see graven furniture of that time and other appliances, Very important is the collection with russian byzantine icons dated from the 14th to the 16th century.
Chora has no tourist infrastructures. Its residents have started to work with tourism just the last years. As for your accommodation there are rooms to let in this graphic settlement. In the restaurants and taverns try the local specialties. The traditional tyropita and cooked in the pot food distinguish. To entertain at night you will find a few bars and clubs with live music.

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