Churches and Monasteries
Religious Monuments on Chios island
Chios island’s important geographical position at the crossroads of East and West and the value of Chios Mastiha (Chios gum mastic) was recognized by the Byzantines leading to a period of prosperity for the island. Apart from the impressive castles and defensive network, on Chios island important religious monuments have survived dating back to the Byzantine period. Early christian basilicas (St. Isidor’s and St. Vasileios in Chios Town), as well as monasteries and churches worth visiting.
Two monasteries that you should not miss are:
Nea Moni monastery was built in the 11th century, by imperial decree of Emperor Constantie Monomachos. Its design is following the art of the Byzantine capital Consantinople, in terms of architecture and mosaic decoration. The monastery belongs to the Worldwide Heritage Monuments protected by UNESCO. Nea Moni mosaics date back to the 11th century and are an example of the most important creations of Byzantine art.
It is also worth visiting important churches or picturesque chapels in Chios town and in the villages: