Nea Moni Monastery, Chios

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Nea Moni is an 11th-century monastery on the island of Chios that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the Provateio Oros Mt. in the island's interior, about 15 km from Chios town. It is well known for its mosaics, which, together with those at Daphni and Hosios Loukas, are among the finest examples of "Macedonian Renaissance" art in Greece.HistoryThe monastery was built in the mid-11th century, by Byzantine emperor Constantine IX Monomachos and his wife, Empress Zoe. According to tradition, it is built on the location where three monks, Nikitas, Ioannes and Iosif, miraculously found an icon of the Virgin Mary, hanging from a branch of myrtle. At that time, Constantine was exiled in nearby Lesbos, and the monks visited him and told of a vision according to which he would eventually become emperor. Constantine promised to build a church if this should come to pass. Indeed, in 1042, Constantine became emperor, and in gratitude began constructing the monastery, dedicated to the Theotokos. The main church (the katholikon) was inaugurated in 1049, and the complex finished in 1055, after Constantine's death.
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  • Located about 12 km from Chios, in a lovely location. During the restoration continuous and interesting for the mosaics in the Byzantine style similar to those of Ravenna, but with much smaller tiles. The entrance to the church with the mosaics is free, but if you want to make a full visit with only .00 (a reduced price) you can visit the refectory with the splendour inlaid stone table and a small exhibition of icons and sacred/liturgical objects set up above the Ticket. In a hidden position, to the right of the main entrance, you will find the water tank; the only original thing that really remained intact of the old monastery. In the chapel to the left of the entrance there is a piece of furniture with exposed mortal remains (skulls and femurs). It would be interesting to restore the area with the cells of the monks, currently in the process of degradation.... It's worth a visit, though.
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  • Unique attraction in the center of the island. A World Heritage Monument, a wonderful monastery with wonderful mosaics and frescoes. In a special area are kept the krania of the slaughtered by the Turks during the massacre of Chios.
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