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Hosios Loukas Monastery, Distomo

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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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  • Absolutely beautiful monastery complex, definitely worth visiting if you are in the Delphi/Arachova area! The parking lot is tiny though, and fills up with tour busses. I would recommend getting there...  more »
  • While staying in Delphi, we happened to be there on a Holiday, when other sites were closed. Hotel staff recommended a visit to a nearby St. Lukas Monastery. What a treat! It is an active Monastery, r...  more »
  • This was an afterthought side trip from our Delphi excursion, but I may have liked it even more. There was almost no one there besides the monks to enjoy looking at the tapestries and walking the grou...  more »
  • Very ancient monastery. very peaceful place. Great view.
  • Lovely place and beautiful views.
  • Excellent byzantine architecture. Worth a visit
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