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Nunnery of the Annuciation

The Monastery of the Annunciation is located in the southwestern part of Patmos and is the largest nunnery on the island. It is an impressive building with spectacular views towards the western coast of the island. In 1613 the Abbot of the Monastery of St. John built a hermitage there with a small church dedicated to Saint Luke the Evangelist who healed him from a deadly disease. In 1937, Amfilochios Makris a former abbot of the same monastery, turned the hermitage into a monastery by adding new buildings. He then dedicated it to the Annunciation of the Virgin. The monastery houses interesting icons and frescoes from the 15th and 17th century. Among them, there is a considerable number of icons painted by a nun, named Olympias, a student of the famous hagiographer Fotis Kontoglou.

The monastery played an important role during the Italian occupation, as the nuns, in their effort to maintain the Greek language, started teaching young children. Today apart from praying, the nuns are engaged in hagiography, book writing, gardening, bee keeping and a special kind of embroidery with the notorious “Patiniotiki” stitch, which has been preserved since the Byzantine era. The monastery is also known for its charitable activity.

The peace and beauty that emanates from this place is immense. The spectacular views and the amazing sunsets are only part of it magic. The opening times are limited, so be sure to look in advance if it is open. The nunnery is open daily from 09:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday and from 07:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. It is not open on Fridays. It has a small but very interesting shop where you can buy herbs, honey, bee pollen and homemade products such as jams, ointment and religious artifacts. Do not forget to visit the place in proper outfit, long sleeved trousers for men and long skirts for women. To get there is very easy either by car or on foot. If you choose to go on foot from Chora, it is an easy 10 minutes’ walk along a well-posted road.