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St. John The Divine On The Greek Island Of Patmos.
cwo3ward @ 11/ 06/ 2009

The author of the Book of Revelation, St. John the Divine, was exiled to the Greek island of Patmos.  There, he is said to have lived in a cave.  We went to the cave and saw the place in the rock where it is believed that he actually wrote the Book of Revelation. 


A very small chapel has been built against the cave which doubles the size of the space.  There is an indentation in the rock where the tour guide told us that St. John rested his head and another smaller indentation that he used to pull himself up.  An area a few feet away was decorated with a beautiful cloth and was the place that St. John and his scribe used as a writing desk.  It was nothing more than an angled flat area on the rock.  Nothing in this cave was any more than the barest of essentials.  St. John is said to have dictated much of the Book of Revelation here. John apparently states that he was on Patmos when he received his first vision.  The Book of Revelation is addressed to the seven churches of Asia Minor.  Those churches (churches actually means the Christian communities of that area, and not the church buildings themselves) are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.


Our tour guide claimed that St. John had been persecuted during the reign of the Emperor Domitian.  She said that the Romans had tortured John and had even thrown him in boiling oil, but he survived.  After that, they were afraid to execute him because of what the people might do, so he was exiled to Patmos.  It was there that he spent the rest of his life. I took pictures of the outside of the building that has been constructed around the cave of St. John.  No picture taking was allowed, so I unfortunately do not have any photos of the chapel or the cave.  There are some YouTube videos below that show the inside of the cave. Some people say that the book of Revelation may not have been written by John, one of the 12 apostles of Christ.  The people who live and work on Patmos, though, are adamant about the story of St. John the Divine. They have the cave and the Monastery to show the world.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
The cave was very small and it is obviously a very important place. The small chapel that was built against the cave is nicely decorated and it has a small altar in the front. The whole area is very confining and only 20 people or so can fit into the space. I am so glad I got to see such an important religious site. Patmos is a place I may never have the opportunity to go back to.
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