#213 Monastery of Megalochari


It is detected built on a hillside in the village of Upper Radoviziou. The temple gave its name to the village, which used to be called Botsi.


Construction Data

It is a single-aisled vaulted basilica with a transverse dome. The outer dome is shown as rectangular, with rounded inside corners that become circular.

An unusual feature in the region of Arta, which is worth noticing is the one quirk that shows the building on the long sides, where we find large rectangular protrusions of the walls.

The walls of the temple are simple, and so is the decor located primarily in the sanctuary and the nave.

Most of them are not in good condition due to erosion of the year, and the frescoes of the narthex has been completely destroyed. The date of manufacture of the printed decoration is placed in the 17th century.

The woodcut iconostasis is not a unique artistic creation.

In recent years the temple was shaping the surrounding area, which resulted in the aesthetic enhancement of the monument.

In recent years some actions about the formation of the surrounding area were taken, which resulted in the aesthetic enhancement of the monument.


Historical Data

It probably is a structure of the 17th century, which reveals the art of construction. According to tradition, the church was built on the foundations of an older church from the 13 th century, the period when the area was still part of Epirus.

The temple is dedicated to the Nativity of Theotokos and the history associated with our national history. On January 25, 1854, the captains Radovyzinoi Skaltsogiannis, Tsigarida Katsigiannis Kossyvakis and preached revolution against the Turks, known as the Revolution of Mpotsis.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The Regional Unity of Arta, is littered with landscapes and points of particular archaeological, historical, environmental, religious, architectural interest. Part of all this natural beauty is of course the municipality of Georgios Karaiskakis.

Therefore, the municipality of G. Karaiskakis consists of the oldest municipalities of Iraclias, Karaiskakis Tetrafilia.Seat of the municipality is Upper Kalentini and Piges are considered historic seat. The communities that make up the municipality are the municipalities: Dimario, Diasella, Klidiou, Petras, Skoulikaria, Upper Kalentini, Velentzikou, Dichomoiriou, Retsianon, Elatis, Kastaneas, Megaloxaris, Messopyrgos, Miliani, Pigon.

Specifically, the municipality saved many archaeological discoveries of classical (ie. Ancient cemetery on the way to the place "Zigos"), Byzantine and post-Byzantine period (many churches and monasteries), which distinguished between the Church of St.. Astrochori Barbara in the "Red church" and the monastery of Rovelistas community rug, the monastery in the village Seltsou Sources). Also, the stone structures are quite honorable (excellent is the stone bridge at "Kamara Plakovitsas" in Diasella the Korakogefyro, of great historical importance in the village Piges is the bridge, the bridge of the Upper Vratsista Kalentini, but also the community Diavologefyro rug) and pre-industrial buildings (eg. fulling and the watermill at "River Plakovitsa" the watermill, and a fulling mantani of Ag. Varvara), which help the visitor to compose the image of this magnificent landscape over time.

Apart from the points of natural-cultural-historical interest, the visitor will be able to exploit a wide range of options live alternative tourism, which unfolded before his eyes. Such choices are the water routes and Canoe Cayak Rafting, at the technical lake of Pournariou and Arachtos respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling (eg. Trail bike, 80 km long. Passing by: Col - Turtle - Kalentini - rugs - Col) the hiking trails (in the mountains of Tzoumerkon, Xerovounio and Gavrogos), hiking trails in the forest (eg in spruce forest on the route between Giannioti and Skoulikaria),, paragliding, participation in health tourism (Spas Chanopoulo) and numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations, etc.) like the famous Karaiskakeia, the Feast Provatina etc. All these complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences through nature, revealing its most primal form.