In the 11th century, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos gave Reverend Father Christodoulos the complete authority over the island of Patmos, as well as the permission to build a monastery on the island. The construction of the monastery started in 1101.
My two cents
A little while ago, I was thinking about the book of Revelation, and of course the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9) came to mind. Reading the Wikipedia article about it was interesting, but my favourite part was its section on history and what happened in the 11th century.
I also like how complete authority was given to a Christian religious leader and I’d love to know what kind of laws would have been passed/enforced on the island back then.
If I ever went on a holiday to Greece, I think I would have to go to Patmos; I wonder if there were companies that could do religious tours and the like. I’m glad to see that the monastery is still there and I wonder if the monks make a special effort to study the book of Revelation.
Wikimedia Foundation. (2013). Patmos. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patmos. Last accessed 17th Sep 2013.