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Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

kalambaka hotels : Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world in order to admire and honour Meteora. If its needed, they stay at Kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a city of rich history and important monuments. The one of the greatest importance is the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the north-eastern part of the city under the very high rock of Aea. The city of Kalampaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly. It is the starting place for those visitors who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos of Hasia, of Koziakas and especially of the Meteora. The city of Kalampaka is the capital of the homonymous province that takes up the north-western part of the prefecture of Trikala. There, one can find nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tourist shops, etc. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion. This is how it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman years because of the great importance of its position. The name Aeginion is witnessed from an enshrined inscription on the wall that is at the eastern part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. At the beginning of the 10th century (901-907) Kalampaka of today is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is reserved until today as a Metropolitan title. Many travellers passed through Kalampaka from the ancient years until today and they refer to it by the name Aeginion or by the name Stagi or by its present name Kalampaka. At the north-eastern part of the city exists the picturesque neighbourhood of Sopotos, under the rock of the Holy Trinity (east) and the rock of Alsos (north). In the city there are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In fact, many of them have admirable hagiographies.The cathedral church of Saint Vissarion is constructed in the honour of Saint Metropolitan of Larissa, who was the founder and the owner of the Monastery of Dusikos. The church has been hagiographied entirely by John Albanis. The Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important and most imposing monument of Kalampaka which constitutes a point of reference and adoration for all the faithful people. Despite the significant efforts that have been materialised, it is obvious the abandonment on behalf of the people in change for the systematic maintenance of the temple and the environmental space, too. Let us hope that UNESCO, the European Community and mostly the Greek state will be interested in the maintenance of this appreciable monument of Orthodoxy before it is too late. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which is found in the old city, was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian "basilica" church. The order (way of building) is "trikliti" (triforium) basilica of mixed type "it has very high and lit the intermediate "klitos" (aisle) of the narthex and the "trivilo". The outer narthex was added in the 16th century. In the southern wall there are surrounded with wall externally a lot of ancient parts of bas-reliefs (rodakes representations wrought in relief, signs, capes etc.), as well as old Christian sculpture with a vine-shoot. From the sculpture decoration of the Byzantine basilica, the oldest is the marble "kivorio" (tomb) of the Holy Altar found in the Sanctuary. Special interest presents the unique in Greece marble pulpit that imposingly is raised at the centre of the intermediate "klitos" in front of the Holy Gate. It has been reconstructed to its biggest part from architectural parts of the old pulpit. The murals of the church are dated from the 12th until the 16th century and are of exceptional interest. A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kiriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete. The most important of the temples portable pictures is the both sides painted picture, which on the one side portrays the Assumption of Virgin Mary and on the order the Christs Crucifixion. The two now separate, pictures after the theft and their restoration are kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora. The wood carved temple of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving and it was created during the 17th century. In a little depth on the front left part of the main temple, part of a mosaic flooring had been revealed. As we enter the temple on the northern wall of the inner narthex they are written, with capital letters writing, the "golden bull" of the Emperor Andronikos c Paleologos 1336 with which the borders of the Bishopric of Stagi are determined and privileges are granted, as well as the "sigilio" (the Patriarchs edict) of the Ecumenical "universal". Patriarch Antonios D 1393 with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagi - that various emperors of Byzantium had granted occasionally are renewed. Impressive and imposing is also the churchs bell tower, found on the northern side of the entrance in the grounds of the church.

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Patras, the gateway of Greece to the West

Patras, the gateway of Greece to the West

Today is a commercial, touristic and transport centre of Peloponnese and, at the same time, the third city of Greece. It is severed to the Pano and Kato Poli, it has the right town planning with squares and beautiful gardens and it preserves the memories from the past. It is a polymorphic city architecturally. It stands out its big squares, the buildings with the arches in the centre of the city and the multi-coloured gardens.The port is the joint between Peloponnese and Ionian Islands and Italy as well. At the same time concurs to the commercial and economic development of the city. From the past, the port was famous as a place for replenishment of ships from east and west. Today, it services a thousand of people and because of the technological development there are super modern ships, which provide velocity and safety.

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Limenaria Beach in Thassos

Limenaria Beach in Thassos

Limenaria beach is excellent, sandy and its crystal clear waters ly in Limenaria village as a small paradise destination. You will find in Limenaria hotels, rooms, studios, apartments and camping for families. Enjoy the sandy beaches Limenaria Thassos and enjoy the caress of the sun on your summer holiday in Thassos.

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Porto Lagos

Porto Lagos

Porto Lagos is a fishing village built on the narrow peninsula that separates the lake Vistonida from the sea. According to tradition, at the head of Vistonida were stables for horses of Diomedes, king of the indigenous perspective of Vistones. The archaeological excavations revealed remains of a Byzantine settlement, perhaps Poroi. In the second half of the 19th century, Porto Lagos was an important port in the Thrace. It is 24km. southeast of Xanthi. It worths to see the Vistonida wetland, which is protected by the Ramsar Convention and has a rich bird life, and the Monastery of St. Nicholas, which is built on an island in the lake, which is connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge.

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Nafplio, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Greece

Nafplio, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Greece

The lovely little town of Nafplio is situated in the lush Argolida prefecture, which in ancient times was once considered the very center of Greece. Unfortunately though, from about 1600 to 1100 B.C, under the rule of the Mycenaeans, it gradually declined. After that, the Dorians came along and controlled the fate of the region until the conquest of the country by the Romans. When you are there, you may feel like immersing yourself in its history by burrowing into its past. Take time to see some of the sites, whether you are climbing up the 857 steps to the Venetian fortress of Palamidi, which crowns the city, or wandering round the battlements of Acronafpia. Then pop over to the Bourtzi, the fortified islet pictured, afloat in the middle of the bay. You will soon discover a new sight or sensation coming across your path every minute of your walk, for Nafplio is full of the joy of life. While strolling you will discover the quaint little restaurants on the waterfront, the open-air cinemas, the bars and the music that take you closer to the people, the sea and the land. In Syntagma Square, you may also want to check out the Archaeological Museum with its finds from various periods and frescoes from Mycenae and Assini, housed in an imposing Venetian building, while the Folk Art Museum, on Vassilis Alexandrou street which occupies a neoclassical house is also worth a visit as well.

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Lefkada, the island which enchants its visitor

Lefkada, the island which enchants its visitor

The island of Lefkada, which belongs to the Ionian Islands, is near the Akarnanian beach, which was once united. The Isthmus was opened by the Corinthians in the 7th BC century. The city of Lefkada is the capital, it is a mountainous island, with the mountains of Stavrota, which has the peaks of Elati, Meganoros, chalasmeno Vouno, etc. Among the mountains there are valleys of Fleva, Vasiliki and Egklismenou. The plains are very fertile and produce oil, olives, grain, etc. It also has salt production of 2-3 million pounds. In the 7th century, the Corinthians and Corfu people kill Akarnanes and subjugate the island. In 314, it is subjected to Kassandros and, after its release, it is conquered by the Romans in 197 BC. In 1204 AD, it passes to the Venetians, in 1477 until 1684 to the Turks, when it is occupied by the Venetian Morazinis. After this period, it gets the fate of the other Ionian Islands until 1864, when it becomes united with Greece. Nowadays, the island of Lefkada remains the ideal destination for summer holidays for those who appreciate its idyllic beaches and the serenity of the landscape.

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Florina, a green city

Florina, a green city

Modern Florina is smothered in pale green, that soothes nerves and settles the soul, has excess oxygen for those who visit and enjoy the nice restaurants, the most beautiful desserts and in particular the climate and the hospitality and honest love of its people. Beautiful and stylish hotels, friendly and tame vast forests, magnificent landscapes, beautiful lakes and rivers, traditional villages, parks for wildlife. And then the subtle, unique, delicious cuisine.In Florina, everyone can be satisfied, poets, novelists, climbers, fishermen, walker, eateries, patients. For each one there is something. Florina has something for everyone apart. Prespa offers the unique of its beauty, silence, stretch, rare birds, 282 species that have disappeared from Europe at a special link with the 32 species of flora and fauna of 1600 species and delicious fish at least 11 species, along with trout of St. Germain. Each village has its feast. Then everybody run to celebrate, enjoy and dance. Nobody is left hungry and especially the stranger.

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Rethymno, the heart of Crete

Rethymno, the heart of Crete

The prefecture of Rethymno is the most mountainous of the prefectures of Crete and extends to the west of Heraklion. Its characteristic feature is the location because it lies between the White Mountains and Psiloritis. The capital of the prefecture of Rethymnon is a very picturesque city, where you can admire the old harbor, Lodzia, the Venetian building of 16th century which was a place of political, financial forum and entertainment. An impressive building which is typical for the city of Rethimno is the Fortezza. It is a fortress built between 1571 – 1600 on Palaiokastro hill.Moreover, you should visit the Ottoman era, the mosque Nerantzes, the mosque of Kara Moussa Passa and Great Door of Veli Pasa. Walking the streets of old town, the visitor will see old and new buildings. Arriving in the new city you can see the variety of modern hotel units that make the stay of many visitors each year enjoyable. For beach lovers who do not have means of transport, sandy beach of Rethymno is ideal because it has a length of 12 kilometers, starting from the city and ends at Scaletta (area outside the city on the east side). There operate large hotels that emphasize in quality of service and everyone can find the accommodation of his choice. The part of the beach, located in the town attracts many visitors during the summer months and it has a large number of lifeguards. Also, at this beach one can deal with various activities like water sports.

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