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. Work out when and for how long to visit Nea Moni Monastery and other Anavatos attractions using our handy Anavatos travel route planner.
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Beautiful, serene, and reverent are just a few of the many words that come to mind as you walk around and through these premises. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and discovered that it opened at... more »
Nea Moni Monastery is built in 11th-century on the Greek Island of Chios. It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located about 15 km from Chios town. Mosaics in the Monastery are... more »
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