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Patmos – quite small island located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. Patmos is only 70 kilometers away from Turkey. The area of the island is about 35 square kilometers.
The highest point Patmosa Mount Profitis Ilias is located 269 meters above sea level. The island has many rocks and beautiful beaches, and almost no forests.
The main cultural and historical attractions of Patmos are Monastery of St. John, Apocalypse cave, as well as the historical island Chora Center.
The Monastery of St. John was erected in 1088. Monastic buildings of the 17th century have survived to this day: the main building of the temple and 5 chapels. Now it is a functioning monastery, where about five dozen monks live permanently.
Climbing to the monastery terrace, you can see a picturesque view of the island. Also the monastery library is worth a visit. It contains extremely rare editions, including handwritten ones. The guests of the monastery are especially interested in the golden bull of Emperor Alexei I Komnenos. In total, the library contains over 3 000 volumes.
Not far from the monastery of St. John is the world-famous cave of the Apocalypse. According to tradition, it was here that the Apostle John wrote the chapters of the Bible that went down in history as the `` Revelation of John the Theologian. '' In 2006, Patmos was declared a World Heritage Site and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Topic: Patmos Island in Greece.