Monday, April 5, 2010

Nea Moni Monastery

We seem to have a thing about having navi systems to guide us around different countries we travel to. Greece was no different. We had downloaded the driving maps to help us as we made our way around the country. Actually, the systems are quite good and fairly remarkable considering the fact that they can find tiny little out of the way roads and passageways. On the negative side, they sometimes find tiny little passageways and questionable roads. Our trip out to the monastery was definitely on one of the questionable roads - I think cow track would have been a better description. Now, had we had our SUV from Doha, I wouldn't have thought much about it, however, we were in a little Kia...cute little car...and I can now attest to the fact that they can be driven cross country on cow paths. 

The monastery was built sometime in the 11th century yet the main buildings are well maintained and services are still held in the main chapel. It still maintains many old traditions, including a refusal to install electricity. It has, of course, a bloody history of monks attempting to prevent conquerors from taking it over and there are grizzly piles of skulls and bones to commemorate those who lost their lives. 

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