The Monastery of St. John is among the most vital places of worship for Orthodox and Western Christians alike. It was based in 1088 by a monk, the Blessed Christodoulos, in honor of St. John the Divine, writer of the Bible’s Book of Revelation. One of many richest and most influential monasteries in Greece, its towers and buttresses make it seem like a fairy-tale fort, but were constructed to guard its spiritual treasures, which at the moment are the star attraction for the 1000’s of pilgrims and vacationers who visit yearly.
JOHN AND THE HOLY CAVE
Contained in the church of Agia Anna, close to the Monastery of St. John, is the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse. It was right here that St. John had the vision of fire and brimstone that inspired the New Testament’s Book of Revelation. The cave contains the rock where John dictated his vision to his disciple, Prochoros, and the indentation where the saint is claimed to have rested his head every night. Also seen is the deft within the rock from the place the voice of God is claimed to have spoken to John. The cave additionally has twelfth-century wall paintings and icons from 1596 of St. John and the Blessed Christodoulos by the Cretan painter Thomas Vathas.
The Christian monk Christodoulos (slave of Christ) was born round 1020 in Asia Minor. He spent a lot of his life constructing monasteries on a number of Greek islands. He was given permission by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Comnenos to construct a temple on Pátmos, in honor of the Apostles. Christodoulos laid the foundation stone for the Monastery of St. John, however died in 1093 before it was accomplished. His remembrance celebrations are held every year in Pátmos on March sixteen and October 21.
Also called the library, the treasury accommodates an unlimited and essential assortment of theological and Byzantine works. There’s a central room, embellished with plastered arches supported by stone columns, off which lie different rooms displaying religious artifacts.