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“Great Looking Church.”

The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Arta
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Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Very impressive looking chuch but closed when I came through so I never got a look inside.It is not where Trip Advisor says it is so I took a screenshot to show where it is.The blue dot is the actual position.

Thank Steven R
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

In Byzantine architecture, the dome represents the highest heavens, the sanctuary the lower, and the rest of the church is the earthly realm. It is easy to feel that here, with the most spectacular mosaic dome you are likely to see. It is 2 euros, and they allow photos, so it is a good place to get some snaps of Byzantine architecture, although this is an unusual design, using pilasters to hold up the dome. Wonderful to see a young woman working on restoring the frescoes when I went today. An unforgettable experience.

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Reviewed 25 September 2015

Approaching this church you are impressed by the size, its location on a small hill, its completeness, and the beauty of the stonework. It was built in the thirteenth century on the site of a previous church, and was formerly part of a large monastery.
Once inside it is magnificent. The dome rests on eight pilasters, on which stand three rows of columns, leaving the interieur open. It is adorned with decorative brickwork and frescoes from different ages featuring the Nativity, Evangelists and Prophets.
Well worth making a detour to Arta to see this beautiful Church.

Thank hemarwai
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Reviewed 9 October 2014

A byzantine church in downtown Arta. Known for its architecture. The decoration inside it is truly interesting.

Thank Anna X
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

It's very rare to stumble upon a town that is untouched by the hands of time but Arta is one such town. It is surrounded by farmlands and oranges, mandarins and olive trees are all growing in profusion in the fertile soil surrounding this small town which lies at the foothills of the Pindos Mountains.
Arta has been a town from Byzantium and still has impressive relics from these days. The town itself is still party fortified by the Byzantium city walls. The most impressive church from this era is without doubt the Church of Parigoritissa. It is an impressive size filled with icons and notable frescoes.The church was built in the 13th century.It is almost square and three-stories high. It is of the octagonal type, with the central dome supported by eight piers divided into three tiers. There are also four smaller domes on each corner of the church's flat roof. Its interior decoration is rich. The extensive surviving mosaics and frescoes are ecclesiastically beautiful. On the dome the mosaic shows angels and 12 prophets between the drum's windows. These mosaics were probably executed by artists from outside Epirus. In the 16th-century frescoes were added by the painter Ananias, while 17th-century frescoes decorate the main church.The church's decoration also displays a number of Western influences in its statuary, such as Romanesque monsters and reliefs depicting Biblical scenes.
For lovers of liturgical architectural this church is impressive and well worth a visit if you find yourself in this little known town in Epirus (north western Greece).

5  Thank Jennifer M
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