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Hosios Lukas (Holy Luke), Central Greece
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Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo, in Boeotia, Greece. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni and Daphnion.HistoryThe monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated at a scenic site on the slopes of Mount Helicon. It was founded in the early 10th century AD by the hermit, Venerable (Greek: Hosios) St. Luke (Greek: Lukas), whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. The hermit (not the Evangelist of the Gospel of Saint Luke, but a hermit who died on 7 February 953) was famous for having predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos. It was unclear if he was referring to Romanos I, the emperor at the time. However the island was actually reconquered by Nicephorus Phocas under Romanos II. It is believed that it was during the latter's reign (959-963) that the monastery's Church of the Theotokos was constructed.
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  • We had time to stop here on our way from Delphi back to catch a cruise ship leaving from Athens that evening. We were very happy that we took the time. Hosios Lukas is a beautiful site that feels lost...  more »
  • I'd seen that this UNESCO site is close to Delphi. It's about a 40 min drive. Ossios Lukas is beautiful- elaborate gold-based mosaics decorate the main church. There are 500 year old paintings as well...  more »
  • You know you are in a heavenly place from the moment you drive up to the Monastery. The path leads to a walled Monastery with spectacular examples of Byzantine architecture! The views are also breatht...  more »