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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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  • Very nice and idiateros place. Great place to go in the epitagioth perifora. Katanyktika and beautiful. You bring beautiful cosmos. para It has parking places. Church and baftiseis than we see. We stayed fully pleased that blends and episkeythikame the St. Luca.
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  • Moving from Delphi to Athens to take flight, we had a half a day to spare and so, to the hotel I asked what there was to see along the way. I was recommended this monastery, about 30 Km outside Delphi and I have to thank for the suggestion. Great place with a remarkable structure that is certainly worth a visit.
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  • An Unesco's monument a great place to visit if you are in the area... Great mosaics inside the church 
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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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