The history of the island of PATMOS is extremely rich especially of Christianity and this gives a very rich heritage recognized by UNESCO.

The Romans used Patmos as a place of deportation. Thus, it is possible that in 95, the Emperor Domitian exiled the evangelist John who wrote the APOCALYPSIS.

In 1088, Saint Christodoulos built the monastery of St. John the theologian on the site of a temple of Artemis with the help of the Byzantine emperor Alexis I.

The documents produced on this occasion show that the island was very poorly populated at the time. The monastery grew rapidly, to the point that the income from its agricultural production allowed it to form an important library (which remains very difficult to access to the laity).

In 1138, the inhabitants of the island were allowed to settle around the wall of the monastery: this is how the village of PATMOS or HORA was created.

In 1207, Patmos came under VENETIAN RULE before being conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1537.

The Turkish occupation lasted until 1911, theITALIANS occupied the island in 1911,then the Germans in November 1943 and the British in May 1945, before its attachment to Greece in 1946.

PATMOS   has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument

PATMOS ISLAND

 

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