Monasteries of Daphni, Hossios Luckas, 
and Nea Moni of Chios (1990)
Greece

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Although geographically distant from each other, these three monasteries (the first is in Attica, near Athens, the second in Phocida near Delphi, and the third on an island in the Aegean Sea, near Asia Minor) belong to the same typological series and share the same aesthetic characteristics. 

The churches are built on a cross-in-square plan with a large dome supported by squinches defining an octagonal space. In the 11th and 12th centuries they were decorated with superb marble works as well as mosaics on a gold background, all characteristic of the 'second golden age of Byzantine art'. 

Greece 1972. The Monastery at Hosios Lukas (Böotia). Greece 1972. The Church of Daphni (Attika).

Greece 1972.  The Monastery at Hosios Lukas (Böotia)
Greece 1972.  The Church of Daphni (Attika).

The Monastery Church of Hosios Lukas is decorated with mosaics, depicting the birth of Christ. This set of three stamps are Christmas stamps from Greece 1970. 

Greece 1970. Christmas stamp, showing the herds, the wise men from the Morning Land, and Birth of Christ. Mosaics from the 11th century. Stamp #1. Greece 1970. Christmas stamp, showing the herds, the wise men from the Morning Land, and Birth of Christ. Mosaics from the 11th century. Stamp #2. Greece 1970. Christmas stamp, showing the herds, the wise men from the Morning Land, and Birth of Christ. Mosaics from the 11th century. Stamp #3.
Greece 1970. Ancient mosaics. The Annunciation Angel. Mosaic from Daphni Monastery, 9th century. Greece 1970. Ancient Mosaics. The Holy Ghost. Hosios Loukas Monastery, 11th century. Greece 1970. Ancient Mosaics. Christ. Nea Moni Church, Khios, 11th century.

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