Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint John "the
and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos (1999)
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|The small island of Patmos in the Dodecanese is reputed to be where St John
the Theologian wrote both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated
to the 'beloved disciple was founded there in the late 10th century and it has
been a place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning ever since. The fine
monastic complex dominates the island. The old settlement of Chorá, associated
with it, contains many religious and secular buildings.
The town of Chorá on the island of Pátmos is one of the few settlements in Greece that have evolved uninterruptedly since the 12th century. There are few other places in the world where religious ceremonies that date back to the early Christian times are still being practised unchanged.
The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos (Saint John the Theologian) and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Pátmos, together with the associated medieval settlement of Chorá, constitute an exceptional example of a traditional Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre of outstanding architectural interest.
The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos and the Cave of the Apocalypse commemorate the site where St John the Theologian (Divine), the “Beloved Disciple”, composed two of the most sacred Christian works, his Gospel and the Apocalypse.
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Revised 21 jul 2006