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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There isn't much to see in this tiny half-cave, half-chapel and with even a few people inside, the atmosphere quickly becomes claustrophobic. I wish I had skipped this "attraction."

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Bodrum City, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It is another monastery, much smaller than the Monastery of St. John. It is also filled with frescos. Only a 200 euro entry but not much to see other than the small monastery. A monk was speaking in Greek to a small group of tourists, but not sure if he speaks in English as well. Lots of stairs going down... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It felt a little like they are milking the experience. They could seat down and rethink the whole concept. After walking down from experiencing The main church and religious experience of priests, you arrive at the caves its guarded by a guy in jeans tshirt watching TV on an ipad.....

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Beaufort, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were touched by our visit to the cave. In fact, I left with two of the icons - something I never buy. We had an excellent guide which helped us understand the site. I cannot believe that I had never heard of this site and I am so glad that we went there. Do make an effort to see... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you see one thing on Patmos, let it be this. But please be respectful of local traditions. One woman removed a barrier and entered the altar during a service, horrifying the locals and priests who were deep in prayer.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A very special place. Atheist as I am, I got a very mystical and beautiful vibe here, and I had the good fortune to be here early and witness a service in the grotto. Well worth it for anyone interested in myths, legends, or for true believers of course. I recommend showing respect and covering your knees and shoulders, even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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Hong Kong, China
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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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Sun City West, Arizona
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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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Montreal, Canada
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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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