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Address: Near Skala | Patmos, 85500, Greece (Formerly Monastery of the Apocalypse)
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
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Description: A beautiful monastery built near the cave where St. John the apostle wrote...
A beautiful monastery built near the cave where St. John the apostle wrote the Book of Revelations.
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Best to have a guide to show you everything you need to know inside this small cave half way down the hill from the monastery. We were there during a Greek Orthodox mass, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The Cave of the Apocalypse is a holy site for all Christians, regardless of denomination. Go and see where Saint John the Theologian received the Revelation from God and where he dictated the same to Saint Prochorus. Things to look for: the place where Saint John rested his head; the place where he placed his hand to steady himself; the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Unless you are very religious then there is really nothing to see here. You enter, walk down some stairs, into a small grotto converted to a chapel, in the corner there is a small dent in the stone wall, and that's it. The 4 EUR entrance fee is better spent on an ice-cream....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Best to have a guide to show you everything you need to know inside this small cave half way down the hill from the monastery. We were there during a Greek Orthodox mass, which was really interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

it was interesting to see where St. John wrote the book of the Apocalypse. A must-see visit for Christian interesting in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

I arrived just as the monk / priest was climbing on a chair and putting out the high candles, it was closing time and he nodded gently for me to carry on and come in. The experience was a little rushed but I had the great good fortune to go in alone just after a whole coach had departed. It... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Not a happy, jolly place. Parents take note: refreshments not readily available, and nothing to keep the kids entertained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We didn't realixe the importance of this sight in the Christian world, until our guide said it was the second holiest place in Christendom after Jerusalem. It's not every sight that gets UNESCO World Heritage recognition, and this one is most deserving of the honor. It is the place where St. John the Divine, exiled from Ephasus in Turkey, wrote... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It is clearly a highly sacred site but on the day we visited there was some sort of service so we only got a glimpse of the cave. It is open every morning from 8-1:30pm but not every afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

With the monastery it is the thing to see in patmos, very impressive and if you are a believer it is certainly after Jerusalem the place to go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Wonderful views, I found the cave a bit over adorned. I personally felt it would have been more authentic if left in a natural state. It was 2euros admission and definitely value for money and interesting.

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Address: Near Skala | Patmos, 85500, Greece (Formerly Monastery of the Apocalypse)
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Dodecanese  >  Patmos

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