Monastery of Hosios Loukas
Monastery of Hosios Loukas
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This is yet another site which I am amazed that you do not yet have a listing for!!!! It is a 10th c. Byzantine Monastery with the "remains" of "Holy Luke"., a great healer of the 10th c. which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and etc., etc. When you list it on your site, I will write a review of a visit here (which was astounding!!)
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kurios_dj
Greece27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
UNESCO Heritage Site, one of the older monasteries in Greece with an interesting story. The location is nice and the place is well-kept. Luckily last year's fire didn't reach the main buildings. The interesting point to us was the nice mosaics, pictures made from little pebbles rather than paintings.
Too many visitors, most from abroad when we went there, I hadn't realise tour groups had doscovered this place. I would have chose to visit earlier in the day if I knew this. Still a nice visit and one can combine it with a stop at Distomo and drive further to Antikirra by the sea side which is a pleasant little town.
Written May 12, 2024
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SSilva
Kingston, NH40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This monastery and the story behind it is absolutly amazing. The people keeping it up and running are amazing as well. The sights from the hillside are breathtaking, it is nothing like looking down at Athens. Definitly a must see for anyone religious or not.
Written February 24, 2020
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Shad0wstar
Dallas, TX317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautiful, peaceful monastery. It's not as opulent as some of the monasteries in Meteora, but still worth visiting. Don't miss the little gift shop - they sell the best olive oil made using the olives from the monastery's own olive orchard.
Written February 11, 2020
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Kbribow
Northampton, MA120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a short detour on the route from Athens to Delphi and well worth it. The artwork is amazing, the architecture interesting, the location is beautiful. The information signs are also in English, so you can learn about the place without needing to translate.
Written October 19, 2023
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Wishflower
California287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family visited Osios Lukas in May 2007. It is an easy side trip if you are visiting Delphi. It is off the beaten path, but a beautiful example of an ancient monastery with flawless mosaics. It is a very peaceful location and a nice place to relax. The monks always picked the best locations to build their places of worship. We stayed past closing in order to attend the nightly service. In my opinion this is what made the trip worth it. We were the only people there other than the monks. It was very cool to have our own private church service.
Written March 17, 2008
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Alex T
England746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Osios Lukas monastery is a complex of buildings set on a hillside near Distomo, a few miles from Arachova near Delphi. It is a World Heritage site. The main buildings to see are the interlinked churches which have spectacular mosaics and the relics of the saint, a small and rather sparse museum, and the richly painted crypt - in a class of its own. There is an icon shop which closes early (quarter to three the day we went) and a friendly coffee shop which serves toasted sandwiches, home made baklava and delicious hot chocolate heated on a calor gas stove! This closed at three when we left.

When you visit, it is worth stopping in Distomo where there is an impressive memorial on a hill dedicated to the 218 men, women and children (some only months old) who were massacred by the nazis on 10th June 1944. It is very moving, and offers panoramic views of the area.
Written November 1, 2009
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Abhijit Sanyal
Ardsley, NY35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
We had initially no plans for the monastery as we were doing a day trip to Delphi and wanted to maximize our time there. On our way as we were talking to Dimitris, our driver, he suggested that we take a couple of hours to make a detour and see the Monastery.

I am happy that we listened to him, because it was a great experience. It is so calm here that you forget all your worries. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. A great place to visit for spiritual, historical, architectural or just quietly sit and contemplate.

If you are going to Delphi, must not miss this.
Written May 9, 2015
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hemarwai
Oxford, UK189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Osias Loukas (Holy Luke) settled here in the early 10th.century and the church was built over his grave around 963 AD. It is the earliest extant domed-octagon church, and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
It is worth a detour from Distomo or even Delphi for the beauty of the surroundings, and above all the peaceful atmosphere inside the church, and the golden mosaics of the saints and apostles. Whilst we were there a baptism of a small child took place, and the priest's intoning of the sacred words showed that it is still a living monastery. There is a small cafe and shop, and a museum too. It was lovely sitting outside in the courtyard with a coffee and looking over the valley down below.
It is quite well signposted from Distomo, although we got lost returning to Itea!
Written September 17, 2014
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botis626
McAllen, TX64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
I wanted to visit a monastery on my visit to Athens. My driver recommended this one and it was breathtaking. The monastery is a little out of Athens on your way to Delphi. There is a little museum with a minimal charge. The church is beautiful, gorgeous. We walked in and there is so much peace. There is an area with candles. WE lit our candles and wrote our petition for prayer. Had a Greek candy and had a moment of prayer. There are beautiful Frescoes on the walls and Hosios Loukas body is in the church. He was never buried but you can see his remains through a glass casket. There is so much history in this place. Make sure to read up on his prophecies. There is also a gift shop and a little store with water, candy and buy some honey. The monks make their honey. seven euros a jar.
Written August 11, 2014
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SmileyDreamer
Wuppertal, Germany199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Even if you're not a religious person, it's a really beautiful place to enjoy your coffee, sitting on handmade wooden or stone porch,chairs and tables under the shade of the trees and have the perfect view to the valley and the monastery. As you walk inside the monastery's area, you'll see a place that reminds you of a stone and ceramic palace. Many corners to explore, many interesting architectural sights and if you have a good eye you may notice the sun-clock they have. It's behind the big church, at the last right corner wall, at the open space close to the magnolia tree. Search for the snitch on the wall that has engraved numbers around it, that's the clock.
Written July 9, 2014
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