The Byzantine Church of Virgin Mary

Situated in the old districts of Kalambaka, this early christian church from the 6th or 7th century is dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary.

It is a must-see church, not only for its age and precious 11th century Byzantine frescoes, but also because of the construction material of its walls. Relics of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to God Apollo have been embedded in the wall. In its interior one can also pay attention to the older mosaic floor that is revealed in specific spots beneath the current floor. This is definitely one of the most precious early Christian basilicas around Greece and even now days serves as an active church for the locals.

virgin mary interior

The Interior of the Church

Not only is one of the oldest and most precious churches of Greece, made far back in the 4th century AD, it's also a monument that has manage to preserve the continuity of the local history of the past 25 centuries at least. The church encloses in its walls the transition from the ancient religion to the Christian period and all the different evolutionary stages of the Eastern Christianity in between for the past 2000 years. A truly hidden gem of Meteora, that hasn't been discovered yet by the big masses of tourists. Up until now the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary has remained somewhat elusive, hidden in the shadow of monasteries and the rocks above, despite the fact that the church is 10 centuries older than the oldest monastery of Meteora. 

Visiting hours:

The church is open from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00

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