Thursday, June 5, 2008

Greece Day 7

After sailing all night, we had an early breakfast because we disembarked at Patmos at 7:00a.m. This is a small, rocky and barren island with a population of 2,500. Our first stop was at the monastery of St. John built in the 11th century by a monk. The climb in and around the monastery was a rigorous and steep maneuvering of the steps. We went to a museum that housed artifacts from the Greek Orthodox Church which included many icons and manuscripts.
Our second stop was at the cave where John lived for a couple of years after being banished there by the Roman government.
While he lived here, he heard a voice from the Lord and wrote The Revelation (about 95AD). After seeing that, our pastor, Allen, read scripture from Acts and then we sang We Are Standing on Holy Ground. It was a very moving time.
We returned to the ship via tender boats and then we sailed to Turkey. Before lunch, several of us attended a napkin demonstration where we folded napkins in 6 different patterns. (Now if I can just remember how to do it when I get back home!)
Our stop in Turkey was a port city named Kusadasi. We boarded a bus and drove to the ancient seaport city of Ephesus. Here we saw possibly the most significant archaeological dig of our age. Digs have been going on there since the early 1800’s and continue today. So far about 10% of the ruins of the city have been restored. Ephesus was a city on the Agean Sea with a population of approximately 250,000. It 2was founded as a colony by Athens in the 10th century BC, it was control of numerous conquers until Rome began its domination in 133 BC. The city was spectacular and was a home to many skillful artisans and rich merchants. WE walked the road that Paul walked there in 52AD and saw the theater where he was confronted by a local silversmith for speaking against the Roman goddess Artemis. The whole city was about to be in an uproar and Paul decided to leave to avoid the conflict.

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