Coesima

Coesima

Patmos belongs to the European network COESIMA (Coopération Européenne des Sites Majeurs d’Accueil), which was established within the framework of the Community initiative INTERREG III South. The network is composed of seven major European tourist destinations:

  • Lourdes (France),
  • Loreto (Italy),
  • Czestochowa (Poland),
  • Fatima (Portugal),
  • Altötting (Germany),
  • Santiago de Compostela (Spain) – and, of course,
  • Patmos.

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All of the above cities, with a history spanning over many centuries, welcome a total of 20 million visitors a year and collaborate so as to meet visitors’ expectations, define the means of facilitating new visitors, enhance cultural heritage and ensure a common promotion of these locations internationally.

It should be noted that, of these seven traditional pilgrimage sites, only Patmos attracts the faithful of all Christian denominations (and not mainly Roman Catholics), but also that it stands out, too, because its religious visitors do not come to worship a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary as in the other locations, but to gain a firsthand experience of the site of the Revelation to Saint John.

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History

The first testimonies and reports of Patmos are dated back to the era of the great historian Thucydides on the 5th century, while according to the mythology, when Orestes was

Patmos Island
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UNESCO World Heritage Monument

The unspoiled beauty of Patmos throughout the centuries was the one that led Unesco in 1999 to proclaim the historical site comprising Chora (Patmos Town), the Monastery of Saint John