Patmos is a small island in the Aegean Sea. One of the Dodecanese of Greece, it has a population of roughly 2,500 and an area of 34.6 sq. km. (13 square miles). The highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 meters above sea level.
Patmos' main communities are Hora, Skala, the main port, Diakofti, Kampos, Grikos and Stavros. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
Patmos is most notable for its mention in the Christian scriptural Book of Revelation. The book's introduction states that the author, John, has been exiled to Patmos, and that there he saw and recorded a vision from Jesus. Very early Christian tradition identifies this John as Saint John the Evangelist. As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Visitors can visit the cave where John supposedly saw the Revelation. Several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John.
Patmos is also home to the Patmian School, a notable Greek seminary.
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