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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  • A monastery on the Anavatos road during a visit to Chios island. There is a beautiful view on the hill outside the city. Recommend.
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  • The new monastery of CHIOS is rightly included in the UNESCO Monuments of cultural heritage. Situated in a unique natural environment, the monastery is an excellent example of Byzantine architecture that measures over 1000 years of history. The mosaics of the church are the most prominent specimen of the period of Byzantium's heyday. At the same time the monastery is interwoven with the tragic events of the destruction of the island during the Greek Revolution of 1821. Nea Moni manages to travel the visitor in time!!!!
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