A Byzantine monastery, situated at 15 km from the Chios town toward East. The UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage.
In Greek, moní means monastery, and néa is the female form of the adjective meaning "new".
How to visit: there is no public transport to the monastery. If you don't have a car, options are; 1) hire a taxi, 2) buy a tour at the Chios town (not expensive), or if it is in summer and you are lucky, 3) join the free but weekly tour organised by the Chios Tourist Office.
When we visited this place, the main church (Katholikon) was under restoration and we could not see either inside or outside (it was almost completely covered with net). In the photo above is what little we could see from a window. Afterwards, we were allowed to come inside for the worship, but, even so, we could not see any better than this because of scaffoldings.
Two years after, Konstantinos was unexpectedly recalled to the capital of the empire, Constantinople, and keeping his word, built a sumptuous church dedicated to Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos), at the site where the Old Monastery was, sending the best architects and artisans from Constantinople. The work continued for 12 years, and after the death of the emperor, his widow Theodora brought it to the completion. This is the tradition regarding the foundation of the Néa Moní.
The Néa Moní was burnt down by the Turks at the occasion of the massacre in 1822, and was greatly damaged by the earthquake of 1881, but the icon survived undamaged.
In the photo is the outer wall of the Katholikon. This was the only part that was exposed at that time, but the area was roped and we could not get closer.
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