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Monastery Moundon

The monastery is situated near Diefcha. It is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and it is celebrated on August 29. There aren’t any monks at the monastery these days. Although the interior of the monastery dates from the Byzantine era, It is believed to be older because of the patriarchal documents which were found and dated to the 16th century. There is evidence that it was built in 1570 by nobles who wanted to live there and was renovated in 1574 by the monk Jacomb Lagadioti. It’s a byzantine monastery with an admirable woodcut temple on which is routed the entire bible.

During the last century of Turkish occupation, the monastery was considered to be the most remarkable monument of Chios, after Nea Moni. The monastery is decorated with very nice paintings. Some of them were assigned to the Chians clergy men and painters, Emmanuel Kalaroni in 1620 and Neofilo Paradisi two years later, but never finished due to lack of finances. Also some paintings were assigned in 1730 to the painter Constantine who lived at katarraktis’ village. Unfortunately, many icons were destroyed because of the attack of the Turks in 1822 and the devastating earthquake in 1881.

The paintings which are still preserved today were painted with traditional technique and influence from the West by an anonymous artist in 1849, according to an inscription found at the main entrance of the church in the interior of the church. Very important is the scene in the left area of the southern wall with the inscription "The True Life of a Monk." The painting depicts a crucified monk with a picture of hell on the left and a drawing of the world, and death at two distinct levels on the right. In the monastery you can also find a large library of ancient papers dating back in 1462..

Source: amani.gr

 

 

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