The Island of the Apocalypse
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches.”
Revelation (1:9) , Apostle John
(Bible, King James Version (KJV))
And with these holy and providential words begins the Holy Book of Revelation, which the beloved disciple of the Lord – John, wrote in the homonymous cave of Patmos to determine the fate and destiny of Patmos and to make the name of Patmos known from all over the world.
According to Christian tradition Patmos is one of the two places in the world that the voice of God was heard. More specifically in the “Holy Cave of the Apocalypse”, which still exists, John the Evangelist spoke with God and He recited the holy book of Revelation that John recorded with the help of his student Prohoros. This book has caused admiration and awe among the faithful Christians who find it prophetic and come from the ends of the world to visit and worship this place.
The “Island of Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean” -which attracts thousands of visitors and worshipers from all corners of the world- with the Greek state law was declared in 1981 “Holy Island”, while in 1999 the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the United Nations («UNESCO») listed Chora of Patmos, the Monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse among the World Heritage Monuments.
Patmos is a place blessed by God,with natural beauty and rich cultural and especially religious heritage. It is a spiritual beacon radiating over the world, calling the worshippers to come and experience the unique divine and mystical aura.