The Byzantine church in Kalabaka
Kalabaka Byzantine church is in the old districts of the town, an early Christian church built around the 4th or 5th centuries. It’s dedicated today to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. In our view this monument it’s probably the most important in the whole region of Meteora. Not only of its old age but mainly for the many different historical periods incorporated in its architectural features as it undergoes numerous restorations over the 17 centuries that stands beneath the huge cliffs of Meteora. Kalabaka Byzantine church is the only church in the world today with an early Christian ambo or pulpit preserved in the center of the nave.
It is a must-see monument of Kalambaka, for its age and precious 11th and 16th-century Byzantine frescoes, as well as the ancient marbles visible on the outside walls. Relics of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to god Apollo which stood on the same spot from before Christianity. In the interior one can also pay attention to the older mosaic floor that is revealed in specific spots beneath the current stone floor. This is definitely one of the most precious early Christian basilicas around Greece and even now days serves as a still-active church for the locals.
As an ancient monument, the Kalabaka Byzantine church has managed to preserve the continuity of Greek history for the past 25 centuries at least. The church encloses in its walls and its architectural features the transition from the ancient religion to the Christian period and all the different evolutionary stages of Eastern Christianity 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.
The church is open every day from 08:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00
It has a small entrance fee of 2,00 Euro per person