Patmos Island

Patmos is a Greek island, and is a 4 hour boat ride across the Aegean Sea from Turkey. The architecture of the buildings are under the protection of Unesco, and are hence considered a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is an extremely small island, about 13km across.

However, the major attraction here is the Grotto of the Apocalypse – the cave where St John the Evangelist, the Beloved, the only apostle to die a natural death (old age) wrote the Book of Revelations. It is also a Unesco World Heritage Site, along with the Greek Orthodox church located on the highest peak of the island. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in the Cave of the Apocalypse and the church.

The island of Patmos seen from the top of a hill.

The island of Patmos seen from the top of a hill.

Shops selling small trinkets and souvenirs.

Shops selling small trinkets and souvenirs.

As you may have noticed, the buildings of Patmos are whitewashed. The foundation of the buildings are made of blocks cut out from local rocks, and then painted over with a mixture of limestone and water. Since white reflects light, it keeps the interior of the house cool. And guess how much it costs to buy a house here!

Here comes the answer – keep your phone near you in case of a heart attack.

€2,000 per square metre. PER SQUARE METRE.

More on St John

St John the Evangelist, not to be confused with St John the Baptist.

St John the Evangelist, not to be confused with St John the Baptist.

This is a totally ‘For Your Information’ section – I don’t want to be judged as trying to evangelise people on the web. Skip it if you want to!

St John was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, and was the person whom Jesus entrusted his mother to after his death on the cross. It has been justified that John took Mother Mary to Ephesus to live, where she lived until her death. (I’ll do a another post on the House of Mother Mary – I visited that place too.)

John was exiled to Patmos by the anti-Christian Roman emperor Domitian, where he spent his time meditating in a cave until one Sunday where he was possessed by the Holy Spirit and received visions of the end of the world and was told to write it down – which became the Book of Revelations.

He returned to Ephesus after the Roman emperor Justinian, who was a Christian, allowed the Chrisitans to practice their faith publicly. Some say he died at the age of 97 while others say 110. But he died of old age and was considered Blessed, because the other apostles died martyrs – some were beheaded, crucified upside down etc.

Alright, that’s all for Patmos really! Look out for the next post! 🙂

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