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A few words about Patmos:
Patmos (Greek : ΠΑΤΜΟΣ) is a small
Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It is one of the Dodecanese islands, it has a
population of roughly 2,500 and an area of 34.6 kmē (13 square miles). The
highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 meters above sea level.
Patmos' main communities are Hora and Skala, the only port. The churches and
communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
Patmos is most notable for its mention in the Christian scriptural Book of
Revelation. The book's introduction states that the author, John, has been
exiled to Patmos, and that there he saw and recorded a vision from Jesus. Very
early Christian tradition identifies this John as Saint John the Evangelist.
As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Visitors can visit
the cave where John supposedly saw the Revelation. Several monasteries on the
island are dedicated to Saint John.
Skala is the main settlement on the island, and is made of up 4 areas. Netia,
the new port area, stretches along the main road towards Kambos. This Marina
was built in the mid-1990's due to the couple of boom years the island had in
relation to cruises and yacht visits. However, that soon fell off, and Netia
is now made up of a large, concrete Marina which the few Yachts share with the
larger local fishing boats and a small boatyard. The opposite side of the road
backs onto a mountain, which was blasted to give buildings space to develop.
These include a dive centre and several restaurants. The turn from the
beachfront road toward Netia is the site of John the Evangalist's baptismal
font. These businesses have struggled to get off the ground, although the
introduction of a small supermarket and a laundry have made this area slightly
more attractive to holidaymakers but it still looks rundown and unfinished.
One of the most dangerous parts of the islands road system is on the bend
around the church: not a year goes by without a tourist coming to grief on a
The island was controlled by Turks for many years, during which it suffered
deterioration of its very valuable library of books in St. John monastery.
Patmos was captured by Italians in 1912 during the Turco-Italian War. In 1915,
Patmos was still under the control of Italians.
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