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Monastery of Hosios Loukas

The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is located near the town of Distomo in Greece. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is located on the slopes of Mount Helicon. Along with the monasteries of Nea Moni on the island of Chios, and Daphni in Athens, the Monastery of Hosios Loukas is one of the most important monuments from the Middle Byzantine period in Greece. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is a walled monastery. The monastery was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. The Theotokos was built in the 10th century, it is the oldest church of the monastery. The Theotokos adjoins a larger church, the Katholikon, built in 1011-1012. The monastery is decorated with mosaics and murals. Notable are the marble window grilles. The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of Hosios Loukas, the tomb is housed in the crypt. The monastery of Hosios Loukas became a place of pilgrimage. The rumour that the relics of St Luke worked miracles brought a great number of believers to the monastery to be healed. The Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1990.

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Monastery of Hosios Loukas - The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated on the western slopes of Mount Helicon in Greece. The monastery was founded in the beginning...

The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated on the western slopes of Mount Helicon in Greece. The monastery was founded in the beginning of the 10th century by the hermit Hosios Loukas. Hosios Loukas died in 953 AD. A small church was already built in 944 AD and was enlarged in 1011. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1990.

  1. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated on the western slopes of Mount Helicon in Greece. The monastery was founded in the beginning...

    The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated on the western slopes of Mount Helicon in Greece. The monastery was founded in the beginning of the 10th century by the hermit Hosios Loukas. Hosios Loukas died in 953 AD. A small church was already built in 944 AD and was enlarged in 1011. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1990.

  2. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: Above the entrance to the monastery is a small fresco depicting Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. Behind the entrance gate...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: Above the entrance to the monastery is a small fresco depicting Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. Behind the entrance gate lies the monastery with the courtyard,  the churches and the cells of the monks. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios.

  3. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is a walled monastery. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is one of the most important monuments from the Middle...

    The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is a walled monastery. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is one of the most important monuments from the Middle Byzantine period in Greece, along  with the Monastery of Daphni in Athens and the Monastery of Nea Moni of Chios, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is the largest of the three monasteries.

  4. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The entrance to the Katholikon, the main church of the monastery. There are two churches in the Monastery of...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The entrance to the Katholikon, the main church of the monastery. There are two churches in the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, the Theotokos is the oldest church of the monastery, it houses the famous fresco of Jesus of Navi dating from the 10th century. The Theotokos adjoins the larger church, the Katholikon.

  5. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon of the monastery of Hosios Loukas, in the background the slopes of Elikonas, Mount Helicon....

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon of the monastery of Hosios Loukas, in the background the slopes of Elikonas, Mount Helicon. The Katholikon was damaged during an earthquake in 1593, the dome collapsed, but was rebuilt again. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1990.

  6. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon, the Katholikon is the main church of the monastery of Hosios Loukas, built in 1011-1012....

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon, the Katholikon is the main church of the monastery of Hosios Loukas, built in 1011-1012. The dome has a diameter of 9 metres, the inside of the dome is decorated with frescoes. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is one of the most important byzantine buildings of Greece.

  7. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Hosios Loukas Monastery: On the left hand side the dome of the Katholikon, on the right hand side the dome of the Theotokos, the church was...

    Hosios Loukas Monastery: On the left hand side the dome of the Katholikon, on the right hand side the dome of the Theotokos, the church was damaged during an earthquake in 1790 and supported in 1848. The Theotokos is the only church to have been built in mainland Greece in the 10th century. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas has beautiful byzantine windows.

  8. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon is adorned with 16th century frescoes. The Katholikon was built over the...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The dome of the Katholikon is adorned with 16th century frescoes. The Katholikon was built over the crypt housing the tomb containing the remains of the Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. The monastery became a place of pilgrimage, the rumour that the relics of St. Luke worked miracles brought a great number of believers to the monastery to be healed. 

  9. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The burial crypt is housing the tomb of Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. The crypt is situated beneath the...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The burial crypt is housing the tomb of Hosios Loukas, St. Luke. The crypt is situated beneath the Katholikon, the main church. The crypt is dedicated to Saint Barbara. The roof and walls of the crypt are decorated with 11th century frescoes. The frescoes were hidden under a thick layer of dust for hundred of years and discovered in the 1960s.

  10. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The bell tower is the last remaining tower of the monastery. There were once four towers. During World War...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: The bell tower is the last remaining tower of the monastery. There were once four towers. During World War II, the monastery was damaged by bombardments in 1943. The restoration lasted several years. Together with the Monasteries of Daphni and Nea Moni of Chios, the Monastery of Hosios Loukas became an UNESCO World Heritage  in 1990.

  11. Monastery of Hosios Loukas - Monastery of Hosios Loukas: An Orthodox monk on his way to the Katholikon church. On the leftt the cells of the monks. The Orthodox...

    Monastery of Hosios Loukas: An Orthodox monk on his way to the Katholikon church. On the leftt the cells of the monks. The Orthodox monks live in simple, austere rooms called cells. The churches in the monastery are adorned with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated near the small town of Distomo in Greece.