UNESCO World Heritage monastery threatened by fires in central Greece

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UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery of Hosios Loukas in Stiri central Greece, has been under siege by raging fires which reached the area on Wednesday.

One of the oldest edifices on the premises was reportedly affected including its roof. As part of the response, the evacuation of the monastery took place earlier on Wednesday.

The site is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the world and firefighters have been working to save the monastery from total destruction, reported Ekathimerini.

The Bishop of Thiva, Livadia, and Avlida is also on-site, lending support to the endeavours aimed at safeguarding the monastery, according to amna.gr.

Fires approach the Hosios Loukas monastery in central Greece. Photo: amna.gr.

Within the confines of this site lies a remarkable assortment of mosaics from the Macedonian Renaissance of Byzantium, making it one of the best-preserved repositories of its kind.

Source: Ekathimerini and amna.gr

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