World Heritage Monastery Osios Lukas
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The foundation of the monastery is related with the presence of the local Osios Loukas, who was an ascetic here in the last years of his life, from 946/7 to 953. He was a gifted man, who made miracles and had the gift of prophesy. As a matter of fact he had prophesized the recapture by the Byzantines of the Arab occupied Crete, which was accomplished by Nikephoros Phokas in 961. He maintained close relations to the generals of the Theme of Greece, with Thebes as its capital, and one of them, Krenites, in 946, started to build in the area the church of Agia Varvara, which today is identified with the crypt on which they later built the catholicon. The completion and its decoration took place in 955, just after the saint’s death, by the monks, who also turned his cell into a cross-shaped church building and organized the monastery community.
The complex also includes a lot of auxiliary areas and cells, which were constructed in different periods, and the restored refectory which hosts a sculpture museum. It is a men’s monastery and it celebrates on the 7th of February, while celebrations are carried out on the Sunday of the Forefathers and on the 15th of August.
The monastery of Osios Loukas is included in the list of world heritage monuments of UNESCO.
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