Dáfni Monastery : Michelin's recommendations
Dáfni Monastery was founded in the 5C AD on the site of a Temple to Apollo. From the slope of the hill south of the buildings one can see the original entrance, the rectangular precinct with a well-preserved section of the 5C-6C wall complete with sentry walk and towers. The cloister is flanked on the east side by a typically Cistercian arcade with double arcatures; the cells were added in the 16C. There are ducal sarcophagi, including one decorated with fleurs de lys and heraldic serpents, as well as fragments of stonework discovered in the crypt. The domed Byzantine church was built over a crypt in the 11C and enlarged and remodelled in the 13C by the Cistercians, who were responsible for a certain number of windows, the exo-narthex, and for creating a number of chapels inside. There is a fine view from the cloister of the south front of the church. The entrance to the exo-narthex is composed of twin arches supported on a central ancient column. This crenellated narthex must have been built on the model of Citeaux Abbey in France. The pointed arches of the west front and traces of a groined vault suggest that it was inspired by Burgundian architecture. On the north side of the church, beyond the square tower that protected the church on this side, are the remains of the 11C refectory. The elevation of the church and the dome is superb. The interior of the church is magnificently decorated with mosaics from the late 11C against a gold background, remarkable for their delicacy of line and colouring.
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