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World Heritage Site
monastery of Nea Moni is one of the three great early churches of Greece (along
with Daphne & Osios Lukas). It is a great architectural and artistic
The monastery is in a spectacular setting high in the mountains overlooking Chios town. Its grounds are extensive -- the monastery was once home to 1,000 monks -- but the resident population is now tiny.
The principal church, contains a sequence of extraordinary mosaics, among the finest examples of Byzantine art. Sadly, these have been damaged by earthquakes, but what remains are still splendid.
There is also a interesting cistern, a cavernous vaulted room with columns.
The small Chapel of the Holy Cross at the entrance to the monastery, dedicated to the martyrs of the 1822 massacre by the Ottomans (the skulls and bones displayed are those of the victims themselves).
The museum contains a collection of gifts to the monastery, including several fine 17th-century icons. Entrance 2euros.
The long barrel-vaulted refectory dates from the 11th century. It contains a stunning cosmati stone table running the length of the refectory. Entrance is included with your museum ticket.
Open every day until sunset (closed between 1pm & 4pm for lunch).
There is a lovely walk from the Nea Moni complex up to the neighbouring monastery along a well defined donkey track.