Thursday, May 03, 2007

Monastry of Saint John and Cave of the Apocalypse on World Heritage List

I just found out that the historic centre of the town Chorá on Patmos with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian" and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos are inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List.

The small island of Patmos in the Dodecanese is reputed to be where St John the Theologian wrote both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. A monastery dedicated to the 'beloved disciple' was founded there in the late 10th century and it has been a place of pilgrimage and Greek Orthodox learning ever since. The fine monastic complex dominates the island. The old settlement of Chorá, associated with it, contains many religious and secular buildings. (Read more here)

The fortified Monastery of St. John the Divine towers majestically, both physically and spiritually, over the whole island. It stands on a hilltop opposite the port of Skala, clasped tightly by the brilliant white medieval town of Chora. Source