Nea Moni Monastery

Nea Moni Monastery, Chios: Address, Nea Moni Monastery Reviews: 4.5/5

Nea Moni Monastery
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A beautiful 11th century Byzantine monastery decorated with mosaics and relics.
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK815 contributions
The ancient monastery is well worth a visit but be sure to check opening times before you get there. The original buildings date back to the 11th century but the main structure is much later but definitely worth visiting. The buildings were set alight by Turkish invaders during the Greek War of Independence and the monks were massacred and their skulls can be seen in a glass case inside a small chapel.
Written July 24, 2022
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Vassilia North
Athens, Greece105 contributions
I have a summer home in Chios and all though I have travelled back and forth the last summers I never made the time to go visit this beautiful historic Monastery.
I had studied history of art in school and College and done tones of reading about the Byzantine empire had visited both Constantinople (Istanbul) and Mesta and left the 3rd most iconic Byzantine site even if it was there close all along.

It’s beautiful and unique although not very big and with a very small museum that operates little hours it was magical to see the architecture. Highlight was the amazing marble monastery build in table!

And the amazing view of all the island of Chios. Definitely worth a stop on your way to the west side beach’s of the island. We made it into a road trip and got to visit Agia Markella on the same day!
Written August 12, 2020
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Missetzis_G-SPITAKIA
Chios, Greece38 contributions
Friends
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.
Written November 4, 2013
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Gaz1915
Brisbane, Australia48 contributions
Family
A guide would be ideal however for English speakers there is an excellent video in The Refectory. This room alone is worth seeing where some 40 monks would dine at a very very long marble inlaid table of Byzantine style. The museums treasures are iconic and again worth seeing. The chapel is steeped in a thousand year old occupancy and iconography. The restoration is functional but does not distract. Fire, earthquakes and massacre have not lessened the impact of this monastery. Be aware of the opening hours. The winding road there is long but worth the effort.
Written April 8, 2015
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ELear
Ancona, Italy3,163 contributions
Solo
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 the whole day. An alternative may be to get a taxi there and walk back, or to find a bus to leave you at the turn-off for the monastery and collect you on its way back.

Before you go, make sure they'll be receiving visitors at the time you arrive. And while you're there, enjoy the monastery itself, the sense of deep peace, and the glorious setting high up above the Aegean.
Written April 7, 2014
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Ant1968
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions
Couples
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
Written January 7, 2014
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Aysha H
Nanjing, China38 contributions
Friends
We were 3 girls staying off in the city center (Chios) and had decided on to visit Nea Moni based on the attraction points posted over the internet.
But, unfortunately the long trip was not as we had expected and be ware there are 2 ways to get to the site. While trying to get to the area we hadn’t faced any difficulty, but I had seen a couple of people who went in the wrong directions. So I would recommend for you to rely strictly on google maps and not the rentals GPS.

After the long drive, we made it to the top of the area and reached the landmark. But be ware, if you are going to visit this place, do so in the morning as it gets quite crowded with the tours organized and big buses making it a hassle for the visitors to park, fortunately we were there quite early before any tour could make its way.

At the entrance, the directions ask the visitors to be decently clothed, which is quite understandable as it’s a place of worship. So, be dressed appropriately. But if you haven’t, there is actually a rack with couple of clothings served at the entrance free of cost.

As you enter to the right there is a map of the area, which explains what the buildings were used for and the purposes they served. Upon entering, I had entered to the first building to the left and I was very appalled as it was displaying the skulls of those that had lost their lives in the premise. I do understand that they are trying to invoke a sense of empathy and trying to move the visitors, but I don’t believe this can and should be done by using the left overs those that had lost their lives and I found it pretty disrespectful as a medical doctor myself.

Moving on to the other main halls, they had explained alleged history of the monastery, but the only place I saw worthy to possibly visit was the main church hall which is located at the center of the monastery. It had beautiful left overs of the traditional Greek monasteries and you could somewhat appreciate the design of the main building, but the renovations are going on and I hope they will be successful at reviving it.

The building at the far end corner passing the main building and leaving it to your left is another hall, but the admissions are at costs and I believe the ornaments are portrayed in this area. I hadn’t entered the building unfortunately, but visited the other halls, where most of them were closed of to the visitors as they were only for the use of the Personnel.

There was unfortunately not much to see, just a disappointing long trip taken by us.

But I do hope you guys enjoy and see what I failed to see.
Written August 14, 2019
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tsikla
Athens43 contributions
Family
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.

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Written May 28, 2014
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Constantinos S
Chios, Greece63 contributions
Family
One of the most beautiful and full of history monastery in Greece.
After so many disasters in Chios like the big earthquake and the slaughter in 1881 it still stand proudly.
Written September 22, 2012
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Ozgur K
Istanbul, Turkey68 contributions
Couples
Nea Moni is a UNESCO Heritage site. It is an old Greek Monastery recently renovated and open to public as it is a functioning holy place. It is also home to the 1822 Chios massacre with some artifacts related to these events. It is definitely a must see for all the visitors to the island.
Written April 29, 2018
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