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Nea Moni Monastery

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A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and...

A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and relics.

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Great place to see

It is very very difficult to drive there. We rented a car and i was so scared its on top of the very high mountain but its great place to see

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very very difficult to drive there. We rented a car and i was so scared its on top of the very high mountain but its great place to see

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Pensacola, Florida
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect of this attraction; was pleasantly surprised. It was worth the drive on a winding road. That we arrived before any tour groups and had the place to ourselves was especially nice. The caretaker was lighting incense in the various chapels and allowed us to wander at will, asking us to close the doors when we... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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943 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is a monastery built in Byzantine time that it still well preserve in spite of the partial destructions by the Turks and by an earthquake in 1800. It is high in the mountain above Chios town in a sloping narrow valley. The complex has several buildings and a church with nice mosaics. There were many additional building which have... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is definitely a place you should visit. Preferably with your own transport to avoid the crowds (visiting this place by bus). Both the natural surrounding and the monastery itself is marvelous, Don't expect to much of the little two musea at the site (which can be visited on one ticket of 2 euro). Take care of the opening hours:... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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203 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Religious significance aside, this monastery has a lot to see in terms of art and architecture. The setting (and drive up, up, up) are lovely as well.

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Already the landscape around the monastery prepares the visitor for an otherworldly experience. The monastery itself is a wounded masterpiece, yet still a masterpiece. The destruction through the Turks in 1822 and the big earthquake in 1881 did leave their marks on the fabric of the monastery, but the architecture and even more so the mosaics reveal the glorious past.... More 

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Kocaeli Province, Turkey
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We spent quite a while driving to this place in the middle of nowhere hoping to see a landmark. However, the place was closed! The doors were locked, there were no signs explaining why or when the doors were locked, and when they were open. There were two signs in front of the three closed gates: a sign explaining that... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a truly beautiful monastery. It's in a valley and not well signposted, so keep your eyes open for the small signs. The monastery is in very good condition and the resident monks still conduct their services there. Closed between 2 and 4pm! There is a small museum displaying beautiful iconastic relics, and the monks old dining room has... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The peace and serenity that you find at this place is wonderful compared to bustling chios town The church and grounds are beautiful and the mountain setting is extraordinary Worth the trip

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

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.

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