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Cave of Apocalypse

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Address: Near Skala | Patmos, 85500, Greece (Formerly Monastery of the Apocalypse)
Phone Number: 0247/31-234
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A beautiful monastery built near the cave where St. John the apostle...

A beautiful monastery built near the cave where St. John the apostle wrote the Book of Revelations.

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Mid October trip to Patmos, first time, visited this on a quiet morning with only a few other Greeks. Understand it can get very busy in the summer, as the space only fits a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Lillestrom, Norway
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was nice to be in the grotto where the Apostle John wrote the Revelation. I sat there for a long time reading in the Bible.

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Snohomish, Washington, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attending part of a service in the cave simply stirred my spirit! What a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend this for anyone!

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

It's worth visiting the cave where St. John allegedly received his vision for the book of revelation. A church chapel has been erected around it. A guide will show you where St. John leaned, where he placed his hands, etc... Leave it to the Greeks to fill in the gaps and weave a complete picture for you. I have to... More 

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Coleraine, N. Ireland
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

OK - it's a cave. The belief that Revelations was written there obviously gives it a special context, and most of my fellow visitors seemed to find it spiritually uplifting, with reverence and devotion much on display. Interesting to see if you are on Patmos (not a lot else) but not worth a special trip.

Thank tommymb
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Quite a healthy walk up from Thera or even down from (C)Hora. The new path is under construction, and temporarily a mess. A "Can't Miss" item on Patmos

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Mid October trip to Patmos, first time, visited this on a quiet morning with only a few other Greeks. Understand it can get very busy in the summer, as the space only fits a certain number, but a unique atmosphere in this richly embellished cave/church. Only broken by the ? resident priest delivering his spiel fast and bored by repetition... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

It is believed to be the cave where John wrote the book of Revelation. It was a special place for me because of its simplicity. Only so many are allowed into this Holy Shrine so the experience becomes even more intimate. Our guide was excellent so the time spent was perfect. It is a little out of the way but... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

In my personal opinion is not worth the wait, we waited more than an hour to go in to see only a very small cave where John of Patmos wrote the Book of Revelation for less than a minute.

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Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

It was very cool to see this cave and picture what went on there so many years ago. It is really small and only takes a short time. It is unique and a great piece of history that should be seen.

Thank PurpleLotusJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We walked down from the monastery and it was a hard walk because of all the uneven rocks along the path. We took a taxi back to the port. Visiting the cave was interesting but be very careful going down the steps. Someone in our group fell and had to have stitches on her face. It's a small building so... More 

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