On your way up to the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the archaeological web page of Delphi, about 13 km prior to the city of Aráhova, go away the key road and turn toward the village of Distomο and Stýri. Hold driving for about 9 km and the road will carry you to 1 of the most remarkable monuments in the Mediterranean Sea: the monastery of Òssios Loukás.
One particular of the ideal preserved byzantine monasteries in Greece, positioned in the vicinity of the village of Distomo on the hills of Helicon mountain, it has survived several generations due to the fact its basis by the hermit Agios Loukas in 953 A.D. Aside from becoming amid the couple of monasteries that survived additional than 1000 years, the architecture of the monastery as nicely as its frescoes are unique. It is by considerably, a magical journey into heritage and in times wherever artwork and culture flourished.
A triumph of Byzantine art and architecture, it is no surprise that this church is a UNESCO Globe Heritage website. Embellished with a mixture of mosaics and frescoes, pursuing the dying of the holy hermit Lukas the Stiriote, a church was built in the late 10th century on Mt. Helicon to home his relics. Later on in the early 11th century, an huge Byzantine-design and style sq. cathedral was constructed adjoining the Church of Holy Luke and was used to help the rising spiritual group and pilgrims there. The cathedral has a significant central dome which rests on 8 hemi-round vaults and thick piers.
Agios Lukas, whose relics are held in the monastery to this day was a hermit and must not be mistaken for Agios Lukas the Evangelist of the Gospel of Saint Luke, but a hermit who died on 7 February 953 and was famed for possessing predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos.
It is thought that it was in the course of the latter’s reign (959-963) that the monastery’s Church of the Theotokos (Panagia) was produced.
The most important shrine of the monastery is the tomb of Agios Lukas, originally positioned in the vault, but afterwards positioned at the juncture of the two church buildings. Agios Lukas relics are said to have exuded myron, an oil which generated healing miracles. Pilgrims hoping for miraculous help have been encouraged to rest by the side of the tomb in order to be healed. The mosaics around the tomb signify not only Agios Lukas himself, but also hegumen hilotheos presenting a likeness of the newly designed church to the saint.
Byzantine monasteries like this are crafted in web-sites characterised by amazing natural beauty and the church buildings here function multicoloured marble revetments, though the ceilings are illuminated by the mosaics with the golden background (11th century Advert). The scenes are religious, picked and designed in accordance to the rigid policies followed by the artists until eventually presently.