History of Patmos

Patmos history

 

The first settlers on Patmos were the Carians, followed by the Ionians. Ruined walls of 4th century BC bear witness to the existence of a fortified town at the Kastelli sit. Preliminary excavations have revealed that Artemis and Apollo were being worshipped there.

The temple of the goddess of hunting, Artemis, is believed to have stood on the site where the great Monastery of Patmos was later built in the 11th century. The temple of the god of music, Apollo, was near the port of Skala.

In the first century BC, Patmos, a dependency of Miletus on the temple of the goddess of hunting, Artemis, is believed to have stood on the site where the great Monastery of Patmos was later built in the 11th century.

The temple of the god of music, Apollo, was near the port of Skala. In the first century BC, Patmos, a dependency of Miletus on the coast of Asia Minor, boasted a large population and a remarkable civilization. Ancient temples, a gymnasium, games, and a association of lampadists (torch-racers) indicate its economic well-being and high level of culture.