Daphni Monastery World Heritage Site

11th-century Byzantine monastery in Greece

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Daphni Monastery
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The monastery of Daphne - Mahaffy John Pentland - 1890.jpg
The monastery in 1890
LocationGreece
Part ofMonasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
CriteriaCultural: i, iv
Reference537-002
Inscription1990 (14th session)
Area0.94 ha
Coordinates38°00′47″N 23°38′09″E / 38.01306°N 23.63583°E / 38.01306; 23.63583
Daphni Monastery is located in Greece
Daphni Monastery
Location of Daphni Monastery in Greece
A mosaic from the monastery, depicting the bathing of new-born Virgin Mary.

Daphni or Dafni (Modern Greek: Δαφνί; Katharevousa: Δαφνίον, Daphnion) is an eleventh-century Byzantine monastery eleven kilometers (6.8 miles) northwest of central Athens in the suburb of Chaidari, south of Athinon Avenue (GR-8A). It is situated near the forest of the same name, on the Sacred Way that led to Eleusis. The forest covers about 18 km2 (7 sq mi), and surrounds a laurel grove. "Daphni" is the modern Greek name that means "laurel grove", derived from Daphneion (Lauretum).[1]

  1. ^ Kyriacopoulou, Helen (1956). The Daphne Monastery: History, Architecture, Mosaics. Athens: Society for Peloponnesian Studies, 1956. p. 10.

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