By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Patmos is a lovely, peaceful small island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost of the Dodecanese islands of Greece. It lies just off the coast of Turkey and the continent of Asia, west of the ancient Greek and Christian site of Ephesus.
It is also, to true believers, the source of the details of the Apocalypse, one of the more dramatic and (for some) least understood parts of the New Testament.
So why is this peaceful Greek island associated with Apocalypse? Because it is believed that it was here that the final book of the New Testament was written.
That book, written in Koine Greek, received its title from its first word: apokalypsis. It does not mean “The end of time” or “the destruction of life as we know it.
Literally translated, apokalypsis means “un-covering.”
The book’s introduction states that its author, John, was on Patmos when he was received a vision from Jesus and wrote it down.
Today we walked up from the port about 3 kilometers to the cave said to be the place where John received the revelation. We started on town roads but switched over to ancient cobbled paths. From most everywhere we could see back to the harbor, where our small ship makes a pretty statement: white on blue, like most of Greece.
A PATMOS ALBUM
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