John the Apostle was exiled to Patmos in 95 CE and was there until 97 CE. It was said that he inhabited this cave where he dictated his Gospel and Apocalypse to Prochorus, his disciple. Prochorus later became Bishop of Nicomedia. The Apocalypse, along with its peculiar revelations, was the last book of the Bible to be written.
During the 10th century, the cave became enclosed by a Greek Orthodox monastery to guard its spiritual importance, and of course, to ensure its overall condition and protection. The Cave of the Apocalypse is now a center for Christian pilgrimages.
Evidence about the history of the Cave of Apocalypse is not, however, conclusive. It is a place that amasses a strong sense of spiritual worship and a feeling that some say is unshakable.
The Cave of the Apocalypse was recognized in 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it remains one of the most historically important sites of the Christian world.
Photography and Video of the Cave of the Apocalypse