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Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian" and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

The entrance to the Apocalypse complex.
State Party  Greece
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv, vi
Reference 942
Region** Europe and North America
Coordinates 37°18′51.91″N 26°32′40.80″E / 37.3144194°N 26.544667°E / 37.3144194; 26.544667
Inscription history
Inscription 1999  (23rd Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.


The Cave of the Apocalypse is situated about halfway up the mountain, on the Greek island of Patmos, along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala. This grotto is believed to mark the spot where John of Patmos received his visions that he recorded in the Book of Revelation. In 1999, UNESCO declared the cave a joint World Heritage Site together with the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian".[1]

Mosaic above the entrance to the Cave of the Apocalypse, picturing John of Patmos (on the right) and his disciple Prochoros, who transfers John's visions into writing.

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ UNESCO, World Heritage Site #942, webpage:WHC-UNESCO-942.
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