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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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  • Not done not to visit at least once in your life. Fanastiki architecture, great religious interest in captivates at first glance very near the martyred Distomo, where you can visit the mausoleum and the monument for the slain, but not far from the beautiful Livadeia and Cold sources nor from Arahova and Delphi. Even for one day from Athens you highly recommend it.
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  • What words and to write for the "Saint Luke, definitely is! Built in pace of Agia Sofia captivates at first sight the visitor, whether for religious or browser if visiting the monastery for any other reason. The devout atmosphere and breathtaking views are just two of the items worth the visit!!
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  • Not random world heritage monument by UNESCO. Achievement of medieval engineering. Worth visiting all.
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  • Lovely place and beautiful views.
  • St. Luke stands imposing and majestic. In general there are many things to look at there always in combination with the natural environment. There is a great story for those interested.
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  • Absolutely remarkable Byzantine Monastic architecture. Sometimes more than a thousand years old. Admission: 4 euros.
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  • Beautiful Byzantine Monastery. Very carefully throughout the environment and a spectacular paisaja
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  • Perfect point, Fine Church. Panaxia integrated in world heritage sites of UNESCO
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