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Nea Moni Monastery

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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Chios
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 99 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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, Cultural
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and relics.
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Perth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
31 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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49 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
40 helpful votes 40 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Ancona, Italy
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1,009 reviews 1,009 reviews
595 attraction reviews
873 helpful votes 873 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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