Cave of the Apocalypse

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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
The entrance to the Apocalypse complex.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Greece Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 37°18′51.91″N 26°32′40.80″E / 37.3144194°N 26.5446667°E / 37.3144194; 26.5446667
Criteria iii, iv, vi
Reference 942
Inscription 1999 (23rd Session)
Cave of the Apocalypse is located in Greece
Cave of the Apocalypse
Location of Cave of the Apocalypse

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 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.


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