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A hotel on Patmos is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Patmos hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Patmos are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Patmos hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Patmos hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Patmos have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on Patmos
An upscale full service hotel facility on Patmos that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Patmos hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels on Patmos
Full service Patmos hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on Patmos
Boutique hotels of Patmos are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Patmos boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Patmos may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on Patmos
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Patmos travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Patmos focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on Patmos
Small to medium-sized Patmos hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Patmos traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Patmos hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on Patmos
A bed and breakfast on Patmos is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Patmos bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Patmos B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on Patmos
Patmos hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Patmos hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Patmos
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Patmos hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Patmos lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on Patmos
Patmos timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Patmos often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Patmos on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on Patmos
A Patmos motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Patmos for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Patmos motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Travelling and vacation on Patmos

Chora and the Castle of Patmos
Chora and the Castle of Patmos
Patmos is located in Greece
Coordinates:  / 37.3250; 26.5417  / 37.3250; 26.5417
Country Greece
Administrative region South Aegean
Regional unit Kalymnos
• Mayor Gregory Stoikos
• Municipality 45.0 km (17.4 sq mi)
Highest elevation 269 m (883 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)
• Municipality 3,047
• Municipality density 68/km (180/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 855 xx
Area code(s) 22470
Vehicle registration KX, PO, PK
Website www.patmos.gov.gr

Patmos (Greek: Πάτμος, pronounced [ˈpatmos]) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible's Book of Revelation.

One of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex, it has a population of 2,998 and an area of 34.05 km (13.15 sq mi). The highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 metres (883 ft) above sea level. The Municipality of Patmos, which includes the offshore islands of Arkoi (pop. 44), Marathos (pop. 5), and several uninhabited islets, has a total population of 3,047 (2011 census) and a combined land area of 45.039 square kilometres (17.390 sq mi). It is part of the Kalymnos regional unit.

Patmos' main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala, the only commercial port. Other settlements are Grikou and Kampos. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The mayor of Patmos is Gregory Stoikos.

Patmos is mentioned in the 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 as John the Apostle, though some modern scholars are uncertain, and thus call him the less specific "John of Patmos."

Because of the Book of Revelation, Patmos has a long history as a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Visitors can see the cave where John is said to have received his Revelation (the Cave of the Apocalypse), and several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John.

In 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The monastery was founded by Saint Christodulos. Patmos is also home to the Patmian School, a notable Greek seminary.

Patmos: History

View of the port (Skala)
The beach of Meloi, within walking distance of Skala
Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

Patmos: The birth of Patmos according to Greek mythology

According to a legend in Greek mythology, the island's original name was "Letois," after the goddess and huntress of deer Artemis, daughter of Leto. It was believed that Patmos came into existence thanks to her divine intervention.

The myth tells how Patmos existed as an island at the bottom of the sea. Artemis frequently paid visits to Caria, the mainland across the shore from Patmos, where she had a shrine on Mount Latmos. There she met the moon goddess Selene, who cast her light on the ocean, revealing the sunken island of Patmos.

Selene was always trying to get Artemis to bring the sunken island to the surface and hence to life. Selene finally convinced Artemis, who, in turn, gained her brother Apollo's help 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: History from the Classical period to the present

John the Apostle on Patmos by Jacopo Vignali.

Patmos is seldom mentioned by ancient writers. Therefore, very little can be conjectured about the earliest inhabitants. In the Classical period, the Patmians prefer to identify themselves as Dorians descending from the families of Argos, Sparta and Epidaurus, further mingling with people of Ionian ancestry.

During the 3rd century BC, in the Hellenistic period, the settlement of Patmos acquired the form of an acropolis with an improved defence through a fortification wall and towers.

Patmos is mentioned in the Christian scriptural Bible 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. Visitors can see the cave where John is said 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, a number of Early Christian basilicas were erected on Patmos. Among these was a Grand Royal Basilica in honour 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, however, barely survived Muslim raids from the 7th to the 9th century. During this period, the Grand Basilica was destroyed. In the 11th century, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos gave Christodoulos the complete authority over the island of Patmos, as well as the permission to build a monastery on the island. The construction of the monastery started in 1101. It was under rule of Republic of Venice between 1207 and 1340 and then Knights Hospitaller between 1340 and 1522.

Population was expanded by infusions of Byzantine immigrants fleeing the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and Cretan immigrants fleeing the fall of Candia in 1669.

The island was controlled by the Ottoman Empire for many years, but it enjoyed certain privileges, mostly related to tax-free trade by the monastery as certified by Ottoman imperial documents held in the Library.. Ottoman rule in Patmos ("Batnaz" in Ottoman Turkish) was interrupted by initially Venetian occupation during Candian War between 1659 and 1669, then Russian occupation during Orlov Revolt between 1770 and 1774 and finally during Greek War of Independence.

In 1912, in connection with the Italo-Turkish War, the Italians occupied all the islands of the Dodecanese (except Kastellorizo), including Patmos. The Italians 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, together with the rest of the Dodecanese Islands, joined the independent Greece.

Patmos: 21st century

Street of Chora

In September 2008, the municipality of Patmos refused landing to a group of undocumented refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq. On the weekend of September 19, 2008, about 134 refugees were rescued at sea. The refugees were taken to Patmos, the nearest municipality, for processing and care. The administration refused them permission to land. Eventually they were sent to the island of Leros where they were processed and given humanitarian aid. Local authorities justified their action by contrasting it to alleged practices elsewhere in the EU: "Malta sinks their boats and Italy lets them drown", local leaders claimed.

Forbes magazine, in 2009, named Patmos "Europe's most idyllic place to live", writing that "Patmos has evolved over the centuries but has not lost its air of quiet tranquility, which is one reason why people that know it return again and again".

Patmos: Geography

Groikos beach

Patmos is situated off the west coast of Turkey and the continent of Asia. It is one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. It is further west than its nearby neighboring islands.

It contains an area of 34.05 km (13.15 sq mi). The highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 metres (883 feet) above sea level.

Patmos' main communities are Chora (the capital city) and Skala, the only commercial port. Other settlements are Grikou and Kampos.

Patmos: Economy

Patmos: Tourism

Christian pilgrims frequently visit due to the island's connection with St. John the Apostle.

Patmos: Health

For emergencies, Patmos has a medical centre, with several medical doctors on the premises. When residents require hospitalization beyond the first aid care, they are airlifted out of the island by helicopter (on emergencies) to nearby ones or, if the weather permits, they are transported by the ferry.

Patmos: Infrastructure

Patmos: Ferry

The Island of Patmos has regular ferry service, which connects it to the following ports: Agathonissi Island, Mykonos Island, Paros Island, Piraeus (the main port of Athens), Pythagoreio & Karlovassi on Samos Island, Syros Island, Leros Island, Naxos Island, Arkoi, Lipsi Island, Symi Island and Rhodes Island.

Patmos: Notable people

  • Patriarch Jeremias III of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Neophytus VI of Constantinople
  • Patriarch Jacob of Alexandria
  • Emmanuil Xanthos, founder of Filiki Eteria
  • Georgios Chatzopoulos, painter and president of Panathinaikos

Patmos: International relations

Patmos: Twin towns - Sister cities

Patmos is twinned with:

  • Italy Grottaferrata, Italy
  • United Kingdom Glastonbury, United Kingdom

Patmos: See also

  • Icaria – island to the northwest
  • Patmos, Arkansas

Patmos: References

  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. "Pátmos: Greece". Geographical Names. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  3. https://greecetravelog.com/patmos-island-greece/ Archived 2012-11-05 at Archive.is
  4. "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  5. "Patmos Municipality - GTP". 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  6. WHC-UNESCO-942, UNESCO, World Heritage Site #942.
  7. Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Patmos". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  8. Patmos – official website Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine. Legendary folk tales and mythology. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
  9. Patmos – official website Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
  10. Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 81.4
  11. Greeka.com – Patmos history. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
  12. Nylou Editorial
  13. Interpress Agency: Refugees Kept At Sea Archived 2008-10-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. Η Πάτμος δεν δέχτηκε τους 133 αλλοδαπούς. Kathimerini (in Greek). 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  15. Forbes, webpage:[1].
  16. "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

Patmos: Further reading

  • Tom Stone: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir, Simon & Schuster, New York NY 2003, ISBN 0-7432-4771-X (Stone brings readers into the tiny Greek island world of Patmos.)
  • Official website (in English) (in Greek)
  • Patmos Travel Guide(English)
  • Irene Neuwirth's eight great days in Greece(English)
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