Μονή Δαφνίου – Dafni Monastery

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The Byzantine Monastery in Dafni is located on the foot of the Mountain “Poikilo”, at Athens Avenue, in the direction to Athens and was built on the place, where the Temple of Apollon in Dafni, used to be. Since 1990, has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage, while the earthquake in 1999 caused severely damages to the monastery, which are being restored gradually.
The Monastery of Dafni was built probably around 1080, sponsored by an unknown benefactor, as no dedicatory inscription was found.
The Dafni Monastery consists of the church, the precinct, the monks’ cells, the Holy Table, the kitchen, the baths, the cistern and a rectangular room. The monastery dates back to the late 11th century and represents the architectural type of the octagonal cruciform church. The mosaics in the cathedral are the best preserved of the first period and the most representative is the one which depicts Christ the Almighty inside of the dome.