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Patmos

Apocalypse Island

Patmos

Of all the Greek islands, beautiful little Pátmos is the most famous among Christians, both Orthodox and Western alike; here St John received the vision he described in the Apocalypse, or Book of Revelations, and here, in the 11th century, the Blessed Christódoulos founded a monastery more wealthy and influential than any in Greece except for Mount Áthos.

There are other points of views as well. According to Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, the evil sorcerer Yacub created the Devil (the white man) on Pátmos.

From May to October the harbour is thronged with daytrippers and cruise passengers being hauled up to the monastery, and there are plenty of cafés, restaurants and boutiques to make sure they don’t leave thirsty or empty-handed.

But for all that, Pátmos still maintains its otherworldly feel, especially in the evening after the last cruise ships have gone, an atmosphere that has been something of a magnet for celebrities such as Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and loose members from various royal families.

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Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Giacomo Gasperini, Jean Bourdichon , John Karakatsanis, MAITE ELORZA, Matthew Kang, psyberartist, Raki_Man, simonjenkins' photos, Thanasis Christodoulou, Willo Eurlings