Saturday, August 26, 2006

PATMOS ...and the magic goes on!

1999 the Greek Parliament names the island Holy that was the Start button. Patmos became a World Heritage and today, right now, the international symposium of UNESCO is taking place there !

World Heritage The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian" and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos



What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

Report of the 23rd Session of the Committee

Property The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
Id. N° 942 State Party Greece
Criteria C (iii) (iv) (vi)

The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (iv) and (vi):

Criterion (iii): The town of Chorá on the Island of Pátmos is one of the few settlements in Greece that have evolved uninterruptedly since the 12th century. There are few other places in the world where religious ceremonies that date back to the early Christian times are still being practised unchanged.

Criterion (iv): The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos (Saint John the Theologian) and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos, together with the associated medieval settlement of Chorá, constitute an exceptional example of a traditional Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre of outstanding architectural interest.

Criterion (vi): The Monastery of Hagios Ioannis Theologos and the Cave of the Apocalypse commemorate the site where St John the Theologian (Divine), the "Beloved Disciple", composed two of the most sacred Christian works, his Gospel and the Apocalypse. The Delegate of Thailand raised the question of eligibility of criterion (vi). He thought that the criterion (iii) should be applied. This recommendation was also endorsed by ICOMOS and the Committee. Delegates and observers commended the high values of the site and decided to keep the criterion (vi).

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

5 comments:

dodos said...

Έχω πολλά χρόνια να πάω στην Πάτμο και δεν ξέρω πώς είναι σήμερα.
Άλλοτε, όμως, είχες αληθινά μιάν αίσθηση αγιοσύνης όταν βρισκόσουν εκεί...

Ektwras said...

Σε λιγες μερες θα ανεβασω photos απο την εκει επισκεψη μου πριν λιγες μερες

Ergotelina said...

Aυτα τα ξερουν τα Κορεα;...

ή δεν ασχολουνται με θρησκειες;...

:)

evelina_z13 said...

Περιμένω photos!!!!;)

PeaceMan said...

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The book's cover displays a chilling photograph of the eyes of Mohammed Atta, one of the Islamic terrorist hijackers involved in the September 11 2001 atrocities. A fitting lead into this study of Islam and the underlying hatred behind these and other acts of terrorism.

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Islamic `tolerance' of other religions is also studied with reference to the Quranic statement that `anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity deserves to die'.

Numerous incidents are mentioned where those refusing to convert to Islam have been instantly executed on the spot.

Many defenders of Islam say it is a religion of peace.
Islam is not the Arabic word for peace - it means surrender or submission.