Nea Moni Monastery, Anavatos

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World heritage site · Scenic Drive · Landmark
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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  • Long winding drive and not much guidance on site so we ended up spending less time on site than we would have expected. Please note that the opening times (impossible to find online) were 8-13h and...  more »
  • I have a summer home in Chios and all though I have travelled back and forth the last summers I never made the time to go visit this beautiful historic Monastery. I had studied history of art in...  more »
  • Beautiful, serene, and reverent are just a few of the many words that come to mind as you walk around and through these premises. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and discovered that it opened at...  more »

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