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Nea Moni Monastery

Address: Greece
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Ranked #2 of 14 Activities in Chios
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and relics.
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Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and relics.
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Bangor, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The grounds of the monetary built in the 11th century along with the church are amazing. Father Dionysos gave an inspiring presentation describing the many mosaics on the ceilings and the meaning of their placement in the church. The island is subject to earthquakes and they destroyed the main dome of the church in the 1800's which was rebuilt. Today... More 

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St. Pete Beach
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93 reviews 93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is such an amazing place to visit... Read the history of the 1821 massacre, it will give you a chilling perspective of the site and the 3,500 that were killed. ( bones are in part of the church.. ) The church is stunning as are the Mosaics, make sure to visit the museum and check out the cistern in... More 

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Perth
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Another church with some run down structures that I presume were residences of monks. An ordinary church but a nice location. We didnt see the museum, not because it is closed on Mondays, but because it is only open until 1pm. We came at 2, returned at 4 only to discover the museum is closed after 1. This is a... More 

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Tipperary
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169 reviews 169 reviews
32 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Such a beautiful and peaceful spot to visit. The little room that houses the skulls of those killed in the massacre is striking.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The most important monastery in Chios & its mosaics are really nice. You need a car to reach there (or you can join tour for south part of island). It's a small monastery but very important for Greece. You should pass by there.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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133 reviews 133 reviews
52 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This monastery has so much history, you must allow plenty of time to take it all in. The peaceful surroundings provide the setting to reflect on the terrible atrocities that took place on this holy ground.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Nea Moni was built by Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX and his wife Zoe in the mid 11th century. It is located in the interior island close to Chios town. It has been recognized from UNESCO as World Heritage Site. In the monastery you can visit the main temple with the beautiful mosaics, the small museum and also the monk's dining... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a fascinating monastery, still active, though very few inhabitants left. The first sanctuary is the chapel to the martyrs of the Chios massacre. To American eyes, it might be shocking to see the skulls lined up in a glass case, with thigh bones below, especially when you notice that many of the skulls show damage from blunt objects...... More 

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Rome, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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