Cave of the Apocalypse

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
The entrance to the Apocalypse complex.
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv, vi
Reference 942
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Coordinates 37°18′51.91″N 26°32′40.80″E / 37.3144194°N 26.5446667°E / 37.3144194; 26.5446667
Inscription history
Inscription 1999 (23rd Session)

The Cave of the Apocalypse is situated about halfway up the mountain on the Aegean 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 the Apocalypse (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, depicting, according to the text near the top of the mosaic, "Ὁ Ἅγιος Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος" ("Saint John the Theologian") and his disciple Prochoros, who transfers John's visions into writing.

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ UNESCO, World Heritage Site No. 942, webpage:WHC-UNESCO-942.