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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  • You must visit the museum and take the tour in the grand room. I learned so much about the islands history, there is another small church when you exit on the main road , to your left(Saint pateres) y...  more »
  • If you are looking to find also the "Old Convent" will fail. Dubbed the "New Self" & match the version of the image of the Virgin Mary that is dedicated to the monastery. The Virgin is depicted without the divine Infant in her arms (Itself) and certain newer (New). Don't forget to visit
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  • Monastery that dates to the 11th century. Incredible Byzantine mosaics in the church. A somewhat creepy little museum with 100's of human skulls commemorating a massacre by the Ottomans that occurred ...  more »

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