Route along the monastery, Nea Moni, Markos and Pateres!

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Monastry Nea Moni

NEA MONI


Nea Moni (New Monastery) is a monument of international significance. The catholicon (main church) is the most important specimen of the insular octagonal domed type of church, and is lavishly decorated with marble revetments and mosaics. The refectory (Trapeza) lies to the SW of the catholicon while the west end of the precinct is occupied by the imposing defence tower. The half-subterranean Cistern, which is preserved intact, dates to the 11th century. The actual cells were constructed later and many of them are almost completely ruined today. The monastery is enclosed by an irregular in plan, stone perimeter wall.

Nea Moni was founded in the middle of the 11th century, with a donation of the emperor Constantine IX Monomachos and his wife, Zoe.

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For many centuries it was the most important religious centre on Chios but was repeatedly destroyed in the 19th century. It was plundered by the Turks in 1822 and was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1881, which caused the collapse of the dome, the belltower, the apse of the sanctuary of the catholicon, as well as the destruction of many mosaics. In modern times, many efforts have been made for the restoration of the monument and the preservation of the mosaics in the catholicon.

In 1857, the abbot of the monastery Gregorios Photeinos carried out extensive restoration work in the catholicon, and completely altered its external appearance. The dome of the church, which had collapsed in the earthquake of 1881, was reconstructed in 1900. In the 1960's the mosaics were restored and since then, restoration has been carried out from time to time in several buildings of the monastic complex.
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The cloister of Agios Markos was built in 1886 on the Penthodos mountain and is approximately 15 kilometers from the town of Chios. It was built by the ascetic Parthenios who was from the village of Dafnona in Chios and led his ascetic life in a nearby cave.

The Monastery offered valuable services to the Greek army during the liberation of the island in 1912 from the yoke of the Turks.

Religious painting developed in the Monastery around 1900. Today, two monks live in the Monastery and a wealthy library has been preserved.


MARKOS

The cloister of Agios Markos was built in 1886 on the Penthodos mountain and is approximately 15 kilometers from the town of Chios. It was built by the ascetic Parthenios who was from the village of Dafnona in Chios and led his ascetic life in a nearby cave.

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The Monastery offered valuable services to the Greek army during the liberation of the island in 1912 from the yoke of the Turks.

Religious painting developed in the Monastery around 1900. Today, two monks live in the Monastery and a wealthy library has been preserved.

PATERES

The Cloister of Agioi Pateres (The Cloister of the Holy Fathers) was built in the cave where the three monks who are credited with the establishment of the Nea Moni Monastery, took their monastic vows. In 1688, the cave was give to the monk Jeremiah, who was from Crete, who constructed the Temple and built quarters.

In 1868, following Jeremiah’s death, the Holy monk Pahomios, from the village of Elata in Chios, asked for the buildings and converted them into the largest monastic center on the island.

Religious painting began to flourish in 1900. Today, four monks live in the Cloister.

 

JP-NED says:
for me a special place!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
Very interesting read....
Posted on: Jul 16, 2009
JP-NED says:
Soms wel 2 keer in een vakantie, dit is zo schitterend en de rust, geweldig.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2009
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photo by: JP-NED