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Chora of Patmos with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse

According to tradition, a small cave on Patmos, which is a small island in the Dodecanese complex, was the place where Saint John the Theologian wrote two of the holiest books of Christianity, his Gospel and the book Revelation. At the top of the hill near the cave, a large monastery dedicated to St. John the Theologian was founded in the late 10th century, fortified with high walls for protection from pirates. Gradually a settlement, named Chora, developed around the monastery. It was a settlement with densely built houses, narrow streets and arcades. The white houses with flat roofs around the imposing grey walls of the monastery form a tightly knit and picturesque ensemble, which is the historical center of the settlement.

Date of entry into UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites
1999

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