Kalambaka and the Meteora

The town of Kalambaka has been built at the foot of the Meteora on the bank of the Pinios river. The town of Kalambaka is the starting place of an important sightseeing area : the Aspropotamos (White river), Chasia and Koziaka mountains and of course the Meteora and its monasteries.

During the 10th century, the town was called Stagi, and was already visited in ancient and contemporary times

In the town there are many small chapels and churches of the post-Byzantine era. In many of them you can find significant frescos. The town’s cathedral it is built to honor the local Saint, Agios Vissarios, who was the Bishop of Larissa and the founder of the Dousico’s monastery. The church’s religious paintings are made by the agiographos Ioannis Albanis.

The most important monument of Kalambaka is the Byzantine church of the Assumption of Mary, mother of Christ, at the north part of town under the shadow of magnificent and majestic rocks. The church of trikliti (three) basilica style, features the remaining of very important 12th century frescoes. Other frescoes, dating from the 15th century, were painted by the monk Neofitos, son of Theofanis the Cretan.

One of the major sites in the area of Kalambaka are the Meteora : The word “Meteora” (meaning “middle of the sky” or “suspended in the air” or even “in the heavens above”) etymologically relate to “meteorite”. The Meteora region is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only after Mount Athos. The six monasteries have been built on natural sandstone rock pillars near the plain of the Pineios river and are today included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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