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Hosios Loukas Monastery, Distomo

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 95 reviews on the web
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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  • We stopped here on the way home from Delphi heading back to Athens and had no idea what to expect. The church, property, courtyard, architecture and views from the property are all amazing. Well worth...  read more »
  • Small monastery but full of charm, architecture and rare decoration in a panorama breathtaking. The only regret is the lack of directions to get there. Otherwise it's a step to cut you some time space world
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  • The monastery with its two particularly beautiful and atmospheric churches is very beautiful. Meanwhile, a large part of the complex, restored and live there again (friendly) monks. Very worthwhile but little hard to brillient.
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  • Magnificent monastery at the bottom of the mountain. Local production of honey with on the spot. Just splendid views, breathtaking.
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  • The place is picturesque, the monastery is beautiful, but if you go without a guide, it is necessary to advance Googling who and where. The Interior of the ascetic, there are frescos, but recover there for years and years to come.
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  • beautiful
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  • Amazing Byzantine Monastery. Keep in very good condition.
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  • Excellent byzantine architecture. Worth a visit
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