Patmos: Interior of the Cave of the Apocalypse

Department Archive
Collection SPHS BSA Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/2095.5557
Level Item
Description Film negative, original neagative. Given the dimensions of the negative, it was possibly used for the production of a lantern slide (3.25 x 3.25 inches).
Dimensions 8 x 8 cm
Place Cave of the Apocalypse
Dates 1903-1904
Creator Moxon, Reverend Thomas Allen
Scope and Content Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Patmos: monastery, cave of apocalypse".
Notes The image may come from an Easter cruise of the Hellenic Travellers Club on the S.Y. Argonaut. According to the Times account of the first "Argonaut" schoolmaster cruise in 1901 (April 26, 1901, p. 11), Patmos was not on the itinerary. Therefore, dates must be either 1903 or 1904 as there were no schoolmaster cruises in 1902.
Further information

The monastery of Hagios Ioannis o Theologos on the island of Patmos was founded on the ruins of an ancient temple of Artemis in 1088 by monk Christodoulos at the instigation of emperor Alexios Komnenos. It consists of several courtyards, chapels, stairways, arcades, galleries and other auxiliary monastic buildings. The complex was heavily fortified. The chapel of the Theotokos is decorated with high quality twelfth-century frescoes while the treasury houses an impressive collection of religious artefacts, mainly icons of the so-called Cretan school.


The Cave of the Apocalypse is about halfway up the path that leads to the monastic complex. According to tradition, this is the location where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. The Chapel of St. Anna, situated at the entrance to the cave, was also constructed by Christodoulos.

Related records [BRF/02/01/16/040], Interior of the Cave of the Apocalypse, 1903-1904
Reference 1905 JHS 25: 1st accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxiii.SPHS 5557. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 28.SPHS 5557. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 73.SPHS 5557. Link to article