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 monastery is a must to see, It is the most beautiful monastery and the most important Byzantine monument in the island of Chios. It has been listed on the World Cultural Heritage of Unesco in...  more »
  • Loving and ongoing professional hand rest prayers of the monastery which was destroyed by earthquakes or wars. The dining room of the monks is very impressive. The small museum is expressive. The Chians can be admired in your kindness and the solid rooting with your island. Who wants to experience Greece in its natural state is right here. Natural beaches and coves are publicly accessible.
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  • Uniquely beautiful Byzantine Church, with the Abbot kalwsinato and willing to explain everything. One hagiography stained glass that you should not miss to see. The tranquility of nature and the link with the future and the distant Byzantium.
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