|Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian" and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos*|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||iii, iv, vi|
|Region**||Europe and North America|
|Inscription||1999 (23rd Session)|
|* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.|
** Region as classified by UNESCO.
The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian (also called Monastery of Saint John the Divine) is a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in 1088 in Chora on the island of Patmos. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage site. It is built on a spot venerated by both Catholics and Eastern Orthodox as the cave where St. John the Apostle had visions.
In 1088, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos gave the island of Patmos to the soldier-priest John Christodoulos. The greater part of the monastery was completed by Christodoulos three years later. He heavily fortified the exterior because of the threats of piracy and Seljuk Turks.
- ↑ UNESCO, World Heritage Site #942, webpage:WHC-UNESCO-942.
- ↑ http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/patmos-monastery-of-st-john.htm accessed September 15, 2007
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