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Important monument to visit in the city of Arta of the late Byzantine period. Restored with care... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Yannis Z
Athens, Greece

We wouldn’t have missed this ‘museum’ - it’s a site of great historic importance. The entrance fee... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Peter B
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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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.

Date of experience: December 2015
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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.

Date of experience: September 2015
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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.

Date of experience: September 2014
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).

Date of experience: June 2014
5  Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

It isn't a common stop on the international tourist circuit, but the ancient Byzantine Imperial Church of Panagia Parigoritissa in Arta is famous among Greek people as one of the most beautiful in their country, and if you're going by Arta it would be a pity not to stop and see it. It's easy to find - there are signs - and you can park nearby. (Getting out of Arta's more difficult - just take your time !) If it's important for you to be able to see inside, ring Arta Tourist Office (26810 78551) to make sure it'll be open, but even if it's closed it's worth going to see its beauty outside.

There used to be a little archaeological museum - a rather good one - in the corner next to the church, but it may have moved.

Date of experience: July 2013
4  Thank ELear
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