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Hosios Lukas (Holy Luke), Central Greece

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Religious Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • Incredible beauty monastery which combines human creativity and skill with the divine presence and epifwtisi from end to end. Worth the visit.
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  • It is apparently usual for the tour operators from Athens to Delphi to make a stop at Hosios Loukas. Well we drove ourselves and it was well worth it! Many - probably most - of the impressive sights i...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Very ancient monastery. very peaceful place. Great view.
  • Lovely place and beautiful views.
  • Excellent byzantine architecture. Worth a visit
  • Hidden pearl
  • Absolutely remarkable Byzantine Monastic architecture. Sometimes more than a thousand years old. Admission: 4 euros.
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