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Hosios Loukas Monastery, Distomo

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Religious Site
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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  • Impressive monastery with some pretty amazing paintings in the crypt. It has a small museum where you can see the cells of the monks and old photos. The views are breathtaking. Highly recommended if you were to visit Delphi, which is just half an hour.
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  • On the road leading from Delphi to Athens, is this ancient Byzantine Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage site. The monastic complex is sprawling, with various buildings; the Church is full of icons, paintings, mosaics. In the crypt is the tomb of St. Luke's. The visitor is fascinated by the silence of the site, suggesting a pause for reflection and prayer. Gorgeous panorama can be admired from the higher areas. Outside there is a foodie icons, religious objects, local sweets and excellent honey. Well worth a visit.
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  • Away from the road to Delphi (12 kms). Tickets 4 euros. 2 euros for seniors. Former Orthodox Basilica with mosaics and frescoes. Monastery with old olive press. Sales of oil and wine, etc. And finally, I advise to take a coffee on the terrace of the shadowy olive groves overlooking. Quiet and relaxing!
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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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