HOTEL ADRACHTI METEORA-KALAMBAKA

KALAMBAKA

The town of Kalambaka is built at the base of the rocks of Meteora at the left bed river side of Pinios river, just at the point where it enters the Thessalian valley. The town of Kalambaka is the centre town of an area with very important sightseeing, like that of Aspropotamos (white river) , Chasia, Koziaka mountain and of course Meteora.

The town of Kalambaka is the capital of the homonymous district which occupies the north – west section in the prefecture of Trikala. The ancient name of the town was Eginio and it is mentioned in the Hellenic and roman period because of the importance of its location. The name Eginio , witnesses a built in wall sign at the east part of the church of Saint John the Baptist .

During the 10th century, beginning 901-907 the today’s town is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is still being used as a metropolitan title. Many travelers visited Kalambaka during the ancient and the contemporary times, and it is mentioned either as Eginio, or Stagi, or with the today’s name of Kalambaka. In the north east section of town is the quarter of Sopotos , one of the oldest part of town , very picturesque encircled by the arch of the two great rocks , east by the rock of Holy Trinity and to the north by the greatest and most majestic rock, the rock of Alsos.

In the town there are many small chapels and churches of the after 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 agiografhos 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 the magnificent and majestic rocks. The style of the church is trikliti (three) basilica. It is used to be for centuries the cathedral of the Stagon bishopric. In the north east section part of the church it is remaining very important frescos of the 12th century. The rest of the frescos are from the 15th century made by monk Neofitos , son of the great Theofanis the Cretan.

Very important significance has the unique of its kind out of marble pulpit at the centre of the church and the out of marble kivorio of the Holy of the Holiest( Agia Trapeza). To the church belongs the very valuable portable Byzantine icon of the crucifixion of Christ in one side and the Assumption of the Virgin at the other. The above icon it is guarded in the museum of the Varlaam monastery.

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