Religious Visit to St John’s Monastery: Grotto Of Apocalypse
This excursion takes us to a small but fascinating
island with connections to the Bible and to the Gods.
Patmos in the Aegean is among the northernmost
islands of the Dodecanese.
It is has a long been a place of pilgrimage because
Patmos is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the
last book of the Christian Bible.
It records that St John the Evangelist received a vision
from Jesus here.
Visitors can see the location where John is said to
have had the revelation, the Cave or Grotto of the
Meanwhile a number of churches are named after the
apostle and we are able to call at the Monastery of St
The picturesque alleyways wind up to the Monastery
which was founded by St. Christodoulos in 1088.
We are able to enter the yard, where the monks take
their meals and the old bakery.
Of exquisite beauty is our tour of the Byzantine Church
of St John, adorned with a wood-carved icon screen,
important frescoes from several periods of history.
Next we stop at a small museum which is home to
priceless religious treasures including manuscripts,
medieval textiles and vestments.
Behind the chapel of St Anne lies the entrance to the
Grotto of the Apocalypse.
We will see the cross engraved by St John and the
triple fissure in the wall where John is said to have
heard God telling of the Apocalypse.
You may feel the historical and religious enormity of
this special moment.
In Greek mythology Patmos originally existed at the
bottom of the sea but Zeus was persuaded to allow
it rise from the waters. The sun dried the land and
people from the region began inhabiting the island
they named Letois after the goddess Artemis.