Unesco Monastery & Traditional Mountain Village
IMPORTANT NOTE: The site and museum at Delphi is closed on June 17th due the Greek elections being held on this day. On this land adventure we visit St Loukas, an historic walled Monastery listed on Unesco's World Heritage and enjoy a wonderful walk around the picturesque streets of Arahova traditional village. Board your a/c motor coach at the dock and after passing by traditional villages you will arrive at St Lucas monastery, an historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. The monastery has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Greece. It was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit St. Lucas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of St. Lucas, was originally situated in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches, the church of Theotokos and the Catholic church which is the oldest in the complex tentatively dated to 1012. Following your visit to the monastery we proceed to Arachova. Arachova is a traditional mountain village of 3,000 inhabitants with its quaint houses built up on the north slopes of Mount Parnassos at and altitude of from 2,700 to 3,600 feet. In 2000 B.C. Homer mentioned in the Iliad two famous generals who took part in the Trojan war Epistrophos and Schedias from the old towns of Anemoria and Kiparissos. These old towns were situated around where Arachova stands today. Later, in about 334 B.C. Philip the 2nd king of Macedonia destroyed both towns and their populations were dispersed over the hills until over the years one new town, Arachova, was built. Today the 'jewel' of Parnassos Arachova remains vital because it keeps its' traditions alive and the residents remain simple and hospitable. From the first moment you will feel a different wind blowing up here, and understand why the locals work so hard to upkeep the areas' natural beauty! Browse through its narrows streets with the numerous souvenir and local products shops before your return to the yacht.
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Port: Galaxidi (Delphi)
Duration: 4.45 hours
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