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Nea Moni Monastery

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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Chios
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Traveler Description: World Heritage Site The 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni is one of the three great early churches of Greece (along with Daphne & Osios Lukas... more »
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Rome, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This monastery is quite old, dating from the tenth century, and its mosaics and frescos interesting and fairly well preserved. However, the site itself is not staffed by those who could best articulate for the uninitiated either its historical significance or the subjects of the beautiful art works that grace its vaults and domes. It is a lovely bit of... More

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Athens
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Konstantinos Paleologos Emperor of Byzantium build this monastery at Chios island at 1042.He sent to Chios from Constantinople craftsmen mosaics to decorate the interior of the church.These mosaics considered one of the best in Greece ! In 1990 was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Πίνακας περιεχομένων

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Ancona, Italy
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510 attraction reviews
636 helpful votes 636 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

For most tourists, the reason to visit Nea Moni will be to see the extraordinarily beautiful and expressive late Byzantine mosaics, which must be among the greatest in the world. Their beauty is obvious, and can easily be appreciated without a guide-book, although one will help in identifying the figures. I walked from Chios town and back and it took... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Great place to visit if your on the Island , spend 30-45min walking around the church and it beautiful building .Continue your drive to Agia Markela

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Nea Moni is in a beautiful setting, and the grounds are also quite nice. Tourists should be aware that it was closed in the early afternoon when we visited (it is an active monastery), so you need to time your visit

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Chios, Greece
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Nea moni monstery is a must visit on cantral Chios on the way to Avgonima and Anavatos. Opening hours 08.00-13.00 morning 16.00-20.00 afternoon.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is the classic Chios site. With 1000 years of history it is a do not miss sight on Chios. The on-site info is is a bit sketchy, but there is lots of info in guidebooks and Chiosnet.gr See the "places with visiting" link

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Aalst, Belgium
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6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This monastery is Unesco heritage. It is without doubt worth a visit but I will be honest : I was a bit disappointed; we saw nicer monasteries in Greek islands. The trip to the monastery is nice, up the mountains with nice views.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Nea Moni is a little difficult to find, as there is no signage until you get to the actual turn-off. This is a real oversight as this is a world-class attraction practically hidden away in the centre of the island. The history and buildings are fascinating, the setting is beautiful but the highlight is the Byzantine mosaics. It's a must-see... More

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UK
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

many tell you this place closes at 12 or 2.. it does, but it frequently re opens at 4 again :-). amazingly peaceful and historic.

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