Patmos Island

About island: Patmos Island

Patmos is not far from the coast of Turkey, near the city of Izmir. This Greek island has a weak tourist infrastructure (if any), that’s why you can there only by a boat. So, it is rarely visited by any tourists, excepting pilgrims and intellectuals. However, it has fairly fine beaches – with blue water and good sand.

And you may be quite sure that Patmos could still be one of multitude of other little known and sparsely inhabited Greek islands in Aegean Sea, but for the event, which occurred at the end of the first century of our era.

In the time of ancient Rome different convicts were sent to the island, and sometime in the second half of I there appeared a John the Theologian, who was transported there from nearby Ephesus, where he preached Christianity. One time John together with his disciple Prochorus went to the cave where after a three-day posting the vision, which was then laid in the basis of his most important works, – ‘The Revelation of St. John the Divine’ or ‘Revelations’, New Tes-tament, - also referred to as «Apocalypse». Of course, we hardly need to explain the word ‘Apocalypse’ meaning the end of the world, the last battle of the good with the evil, so called Armageddon, as well as the second coming of Christ, the Last Judgment and subsequent mil-lennium of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Chora is the main settlement of the island. It is at the top of the hill, at the foot of St. John the Theologian Monastery. Chora is a nice flowering village with snow white houses. It isn’t still as spoilt by tourists as Skala where there are much more taverns, bars, and restaurants, as well as other such tourist amenities.

Usually, tourists come aboard cruise liners and stay on the island only for several hours. If you have more time, you can spend there a longer time and get the genuine spirit of this Greek island. Besides, some people said they could see most vivid dreams just on Patmos. Probably, they were then under the impression of the revelations obtained by St. John in the cave of Pat-mos.

The two primary attraction, or even sanctuaries, of Patmos are the Cave of the Revelation (also known as the Grotto of Apocalypse), and St. John the Theologian Monastery. The Cave is on the way from Skala to Chora, which is the center of the island. Now there is a small church of St Anne above the Cave. The Holy Grotto properly is a natural cave used as chapel. And it re-mained almost intact since the time of St. John. There are cracks on the ceiling of the cave. It is believed that they appeared as a result of the earthquake when St. John had had his revelations.

Chora is dominated by a huge construction, St. John the Theologian Monastery. In 1088 Byzantine emperor Alexey I Komnin transferred the control of Patmos to the priest Hristodulos, who founded there a monastery. Eventually it became the largest monastery in Greece. Also, it houses the most valuable collection of ancient manuscripts.

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