Exiled on Patmos by the Roman Emperor Domitian around 95 AD, St. John the Theologian, commonly identified with the Apostle John, is said to have received his divine visions in what is today called the Cave of Apocalypse and where he is believed to have made his home. Surrounded by a large monastic complex with flower-laden yards, chapels built on different levels, carved domes, and intriguing cells, the Sacred Cave proves a mystical place to the believers. Yet if this is all too far-fetched for you, head to Chora, the island’s historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walk its cobblestoned narrow streets to the port and back, past impressive stone mansions and whitewashed houses that cutely envelop Saint John’s castle-monastery sitting atop the hill. This is where the purity of faith blends with the charm of traditional values, mighty history and the sheer beauty of the Dodecanese.