Your morning will begin with a visit to the Cave of the Apocalypse (shorts and low-cut shirts are prohibited), where St. John is said to have made his home on the island. According to Christian tradition, it was here that God came to him in a vision. He dictated his revelations to a scribe and this became the last book of the New Testament. Most modern scholars believe it was written around 95 AD. We’ll then visit the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Monastery is built on top of the mountain and dominates not only the Chora which is built around it, but also the entire island. In 1088, a monk named Christodoulos was granted possession of the island to establish a monastery in honor of St. John. Today, this magnificent complex is place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning. The monastery is surrounded by an irregular, rectangular arcade which dates back to the end of the 11th century. The Nave, the Altar, the Kitchen and the Cells are from the Byzantine era. The monastery consists of interconnecting courtyards, chapels, stairways, arcades, galleries and roof terraces. The chapel of Holy Christodoulos, where the sarcophagus with his relics lies, is on the north-west side of the complex. The monastery also has a museum displaying its precious collection.
- Duration: ~ 3:30
- Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
- Shorts and low-cut shirts are prohibited.
- The order of the visits can change.
- Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
- Times are approximate.
- If there is not a minimum of 25 participants, the excursion will be cancelled or offered at a higher rate according to the number of participants (payment on board).
- The excursions of the first evening and the morning following the embarkation are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.