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Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios

The three monasteries are distant from one another geographically but close at the age during which they were built. The Daphni Monastery, the Monastery of Osios Loukas and Nea Moni Chiou are among the UNESCO world heritage list.

 

The Daphni Monastery was built in the 11th century AD. It’s located in Attica at the outskirts of Daphni’s grove, about 10 km from the center of Athens, capital of Greece on the road to Eleusis. In the Monastery is located a mosaic masterpiece the called “the Pantocrator” meaning the “God Almighty”.

 

The Osios Lukas Monastery is built near the village of Stiri in Viotia prefecture. It is an important monument of middle Byzantine art and architecture. The monastery is dedicated to the namesake of the hermit who lived in the late 10th until the mid-11th century AD in the region and was built upon an ancient Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Demeter or Steiritida. The church of the monastery was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and decorations testify to how important it was during the late Byzantine period.

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