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PATMOS

Patmos Harbor

John, the writer of Revelation, received visions while on the island of Patmos, which lies 37 miles from the western coast of Asia Minor. The island is about 9 miles long and about 2 and a half miles wide, although it broadens to a width of 6 miles across its extreme northern end. The deeply indented coastline consists of ridges and hills that rise from the Aegean Sea. Residents of the island shared in the culture of the Greco-Roman world. Their institutions and religious beliefs corresponded to those of most Greek cities.