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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 random world heritage monument by UNESCO. Achievement of medieval engineering. Worth visiting all.
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  • I visited this monastery on the way back from Delphi to Athens. There is a small museum for 2 euro. You can visit the crypt under the new church, which is about one thousand years old. The new church ...  more »
  • This ancient monastery has incredible religious, architectural and geographical significance. The views are breathtaking and you do wonder how the remoteness was handled 1000 years ago. Meaningful dis...  more »
  • 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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