The Assumption of Virgin Mary in Kalambaka

Situated in the old districts of Kalambaka, this early Christian church was built around the 4th or 5th century and it’s dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. In our view this monument it’s probably the most important one 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. The Byzantine church is the only church in the world today with an early Christian ambo or pulpit preserved on the center of the nave.

A closer view of god Helios, the ancient Greek sun god carving, placed on the outside wall of the Byzantine church

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 still active church for the locals.

As an ancient monument the church has manage to preserve the continuity of the 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 the 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.

Visiting hours

The church is open everyday 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

Discover this amazing monument by joining our Sunset tour.

 

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