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Nea Moni Monastery, Chios

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Nea Moni is an 11th-century monastery on the island of Chios that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the Provateio Oros Mt. in the island's interior, about 15 km from Chios town. It is well known for its mosaics, which, together with those at Daphni and Hosios Loukas, are among the finest examples of "Macedonian Renaissance" art in Greece.HistoryThe monastery was built in the mid-11th century, by Byzantine emperor Constantine IX Monomachos and his wife, Empress Zoe. According to tradition, it is built on the location where three monks, Nikitas, Ioannes and Iosif, miraculously found an icon of the Virgin Mary, hanging from a branch of myrtle. At that time, Constantine was exiled in nearby Lesbos, and the monks visited him and told of a vision according to which he would eventually become emperor. Constantine promised to build a church if this should come to pass. Indeed, in 1042, Constantine became emperor, and in gratitude began constructing the monastery, dedicated to the Theotokos. The main church (the katholikon) was inaugurated in 1049, and the complex finished in 1055, after Constantine's death.
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  • Nea Moni, an 11th-century monastery, is in a remote setting within the mountains and about fifteen kilometres from the town of Chios. You may see a few locals there as it is still a working church, bu...  read more »
  • transportation is very difficult. Places to see, but when you get a very winding road of people being frustrated. There's no place to drink a glass of water around cafe
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  • New Moni is the oldest monastery in Chios and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's route is little bit tough and near to Avgonima. You can visit both of them. 
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