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andreg
andreg Jan 10
Hello, are you in? Let’s test the “RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE” Route?
ioaneva
ioaneva Jan 10
Hello dear!
andreg
andreg Jan 10
following some interesting inputs https://application.qnest.eu/routes/5e3d48e8ec0de418b9f02cc1 and then a brief description: “Arta is a city in which religious tourism flourishes every season of the year. The region of Arta is known for its Byzantine churches and monuments as remnants of a period when Arta (ancient Amvrakia) was the capital of the Despotate of Epirus. The religious and cultural heritage route has as its starting point of interest the emblematic church of Parigoritissa. It is a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, which is characterized by design innovations both inside and outside the temple, culminating in the support of the central dome that gives the visitor the feeling of hovering. It was built in 1285-89 from Nikiforos Komninos Doukas and his wife Anna Palaiologina Katakouzini. The temple, the Bank, and 16 cells are preserved from the great monastery till today. The interior of the temple has been damaged by the passage of time and by various conquerors and as a result its interior decoration has been altered. However, the temple still impresses with its imposing size and innovative design. It is one of the most known landmarks in Arta and every visitor should see it. Τhe route continues to the temple of Saint Theodora. The church is located in the center of Arta, with Theodora to be the patron saint of the city. It was built in the 13th century by the queen of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodora and firstly, it was dedicated to St. George. Theodora became known of her philanthropic work and her devout life. The church functioned as a women’s monastery, where Theodora herself lived alone after her husband’s death. It is an attraction pole for every visitor in the town because of its exquisite architecture. Next, is the Temple of Apollo, which was the most important sanctuary of ancient Amvrakia, dedicated to Apollo. The temple is peripheral, in Doric order (measuring 20.75 m. x 44 m.) The temple was used as a quarry in the Early Christian period. Also, in a small distance, is the small theatre of Amvrakia. It is the smallest ancient theatre revealed so far in the Greek region. The theatre does not located in a natural hillside but on an artificially embanked slope, which covered the foundations and mosaic floors of a mid-4th century BC bath. The orchestra, parts of the cave, and the western part of the stylobate of the proscenium, have been uncovered. The next stop of the route is in Saint Vasileios. It is a 13th-century temple located on a pedestrian lane in the city center of Arta. It has a rich ceramic decoration whilst being fully brick. Despite the passage of centuries, the exterior of the church is still in excellent condition today, constituting an elegant Byzantine art. The participants will visit Ilias Lolos’ Hagiography workshop, a place where the religion meets art. In his workshop, the art of hagiography is demonstrated to the visitors. Hagiography constituted an important art genre in the early Christian church, depicting inspirational stories and legends. The next point of interest is the Monastery of Kato Panagia. The monastery is located at the foot of the hill Peranthi, on the road towards the village Glykorizo and is an active women’s monastery. It was founded in 1250 by the Despot of Epirus, Michael Doukas and this name was given to distinguish it from the great church of Arta, Parigoritissa. From the original building complex, today is preserved the Catholicon, which is a cruciform temple of special architecture, as distinguished by its ceramic decoration and its icons. Then, the participants can visit the Bridge of Arta, which is a stone bridge that crosses Arachthos river in the west of the city of Arta. It has been rebuilt many times over the centuries, starting with Roman or perhaps older foundations; the current bridge is probably a 17th-century Ottoman construction. Next, the visitors go towards the magnificent temple of Panagia Vlacherna. The church is a characteristic religious asset of the homonymous village across the town of Arta, and its name derives from the famous Panagia Vlacherna of Constantinople. Externally and internally, the temple has been damaged, but still today its iconostasis, which is wooden because the marble was replaced as it was destroyed during the Turkish occupation, is still of interest to the visitor. Then, the visitors go up to the beautiful village of Pistiana, about 20 km from Arta, and can enjoy delicious dishes inspired by the traditional Greek cuisine offered by the tavern “Ta Pistiana”. The route continues to Panagia Koronisias. The church is located in the homonymous village and is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary. It is one of the oldest temples of the Byzantine Arta, as it dates from 1193. Next station is the church of Panagia Rodia. The church is located near the village of Vigla in Arta, on the banks of the homonymous lagoon of the Amvrakikos Gulf. It was built in 1860, on the ruins of an older temple, which was demolished, and it is dedicated to the Assumption (the death of Virgin Mary). The route continues in the pilot area of Thesprotia, visiting the Holy Monastery of the Assumption in Giromeri which is located in the northern part of Thesprotia. It was founded in the early 14th century (1310-1320) by Saint Nile and was one of the most important monastic centers in Epirus. In the years under Ottoman rule, Greek language and culture was taught in secret within the Monastery, and the place was used as a ‘secret school’. The Hermitage of St.Nile is where, according to the tradition, St.Nile, the founder of the Monastery of Giromeri, had stayed, is located to the left of the road leading from city Filiates to Tsamanta. It consists of a small set of natural cavities in the rocks and traces of building activity can still be found. On the outer side of the wall, at the entrance of the caves, a fresco of an Archangel is preserved, while other frescos from the 14th century are also well preserved in the interior. Probably the Hermitage was used as an ascetic hermit space, long before the advent of St.Nile. The access is easy, and the pilgrims can pay their respects in the church inside the cave formed at the base of the cliff. The next stop is the Holy Monastery of Panagia Paramythias, known as the Great Church, which celebrates on August 15 and probably the city of Paramythia took its name from this monastery. Towards the end of the route, a stop for lunch is recommended at the excellent restaurant Georgeos, which offers many delicious dishes, especially local fish. The visit in two last monasteries completes the religious and cultural heritage route. The Monastery of St. Paraskevi of Kougi is located in the famous Souli, above the village Samovina. Originally, it was built in 1793 by the famous Samuel, the heroic monk of Souli, and was destroyed in 1803 in the famous holocaust. The Monastery of Savior’s Transformation of Plakoti, which is located 2 km southwest of the village Plakoti, was built in the Byzantine period, probably the 13th century. It is a small church, which belongs to the rare architectural style of the free Cruciform with six-sized dome. There are a few murals from the 13th-14th century in the interior, while the wooden templon is much more recent. The monastery has its celebrations on August 6th. In the area of Gardiki, someone could also visit the old watermill, which is located in a place of exceptional natural beauty. It is a traditional watermill of the early 20th century, operating until the 1980s.”
ioaneva
ioaneva Jan 10
A lot of mystical places in which you may focus on yourself! Please go slowly when you visit these places. No more to add, there is a compendium of religious culture close to Arta! If you are interested in, I can offer additional information as a tourist guide but please contact me via private message.