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Cave of Apocalypse

Near Skala | Patmos, 85500, Greece (Formerly Monastery of the Apocalypse)
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Patmos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: A beautiful monastery built near the cave where St. John the apostle wrote the Book of Revelations.
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Athens, Greece
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

You should not miss the opportunity to visit the cave if you find yourself in Patmos. Either if you are a religious person or not, the place and the history (or legend) behind it is so rich and interesting that you have to live it from within.When inside, a priest will give you lots of useful information. You won't be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After visiting the monastery we decided to visit the cave...and I am so glad we did. I've read the Gospel of John and Revelations in the past but it was a very moving experience to put your hand in the handhold and see the rock pillow and where the rock split in three. We were warned of the rocky path... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wow! this was an awesome site. Just to think as you see it and walk inside that this is where Revelations was written and to see inside is incredible! a must see!!! Loved the monastery too and the view of Patmos from up there!

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North Yorks, UK
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91 reviews 91 reviews
6 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Easily reached between Skala and Hora, try to go when the crowds are absent at the beginning or end of the day. A simple chapel attached to the cave is reached by 40 easy steps and must be visited.

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Portland, OR
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10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is the place purportedly where the Apostle John, wrote the Book of Revelation in the Bible. As a Christian myself, it was pretty inspiring to be here and to imagine myself being with John. If you aren't Christian, then this attraction may not be worth your time. The cave itself is pretty small and the day that I was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Apostle John was exile in 95ad to the island of Patmos by the emperor after years of taking care of mother Mary in Ephesus. In the cave he was shown by God the future apocalypse showing the end of the world.as he is old and almost blind, he dictated to his scribe and this resulted to the. Last book of... More

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It's about one and a half kilometres outside the village, all uphill, and once you get there you're going to have some steep steps to negotiate inside, so it's do-able on foot but you may prefer to get a taxi (or a bus if there is one), especially if you have problems walking. The cave is very moving, and enriches... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The cave that is associated with the monastery is traditionally considered the place where John wrote the Book of Revelations. Be prepared to navigate some old stone steps to reach the cave, but the walk is worth it. The cave itself is dimly lite. There are a few benches where you can sit and see the place where the book... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Mixed emotions about visiting this location. We took a tour but in hindsight I think it would have been better to come on your own and try to get into the cave in between tour groups. While there is definitely a sacredness about the location, it was challenging to have any time for reflection or prayer given the volume of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The cave was the best part of the sight. It was at first fairly quiet, with just a half dozen tourists and a priest who was in prayer constantly while we were there. Then there was just one other couple and the priest....and it became absolutely quiet. It was certainly a rare, moving experience to be where John wrote revelations.... More

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