"Monastery of Osios Loukas" Delphi Off The Beaten Path Tip by hydronetta
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24 km southwest of Arachova, you can make this side tour if you just turn your car south toward Dhistomo at the junction. There you have the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas which has been declared as an UNESCO heritage monument.
The monastic complex at Osios Loukas (still inhabited by a few monks) it is notable for both its exquisite mosaics and its antiquity.
The monastery was founded by the hermit Loucas Stereiotis, around mid 10th century (the church of the Theotocos was built at his time). He was declared a saint of the Orthodox Church and his relics are kept to the crypt below the catholicon when this was built.