Daphni Monastery is located in Attica, about 11 kilometers from Athens while Hossios Luckas monastery is located in Phocis about 67 kilometers from Athens and Nea Moni monastery is located in the heart of the island of Chios.

Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios you gotta go here
Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios you gotta go here

Daphni Monastery is located in Attica, about 11 kilometers from Athens while Hossios Luckas monastery is located in Phocis about 67 kilometers from Athens and Nea Moni monastery is located in the heart of the island of Chios.

The three properties of share the same aesthetic characteristics and belong to similar typographical series. They are classic illustration of Byzantine religious architecture. Below is a further description of the monasteries.

The Monastery of Daphni

This monastery replaced the temple that was dedicated to Apollo Daphneios and which had been destroyed in 396 AD. A basilica was built here in the 5th century, next to a wall that had been restored and completed under the reign of Justinian. Among the ensemble you find here include a church, a refectory, cells and a well. After the monastery sacked the Frankish crusaders, The Duke of Athens gave it to Cistercians of the Abbey of Bellevausx in 1207. Later, the monastery would change ownership to Orthodox monks and Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II. In 1821, the monastery was deconsecrated and has since 1888 been undergoing restoration work.

The Monastery of Hossios Luckas

 The Hossios Lockas was first established by a hermit known as Lukas Stiriote. He made it his home. The home was among the ruins of a temple that had been dedicated to Demeter. The holy man died in 953. In the 10th century, construction of a church for pilgrims started in earnest. The church was dedicated to St. Barbara. The monastic buildings were later built clustering this church. The monastery is a classic example of endurance of the St. Luke of Phocis cult. The Byzantine marvel is filled with iconographic treasures of unequalled importance and magnitude. The rich décor, frescoes and marble slabs gives you a peek into the past.

Nea Moni of Chios

This monastery is closely linked to a major event from the Byzantine epoch. The story of the monastery begins with Constantine the Gladiator being informed by two monks Nicetas and John of Chios that he would become an Emperor. Upon marrying Monomachos, a 64 year old twice widowed Empress of Zoe in 1042, he remembered the prophecy of the monks and in 1045, he built a monastery in Chios on the slopes of Mount Aetos. He bestowed upon it privileges and possessions. Its royal origin can still be seen on the primitive style mosaics and oriental flavor on its interior.

The 3 monasteries were listed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1990. Their cultural heritage and history are worth visiting during your Greece tour.


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