#184 Kato Panagia


In the hillside Peranthis we identify the nunnery of Kato Panagia.

Construction Data

The temple had originally five entrances of which four were blocked, while the existing narthex was demolished as it did not blend in with the rest of building. The wall paintings are preserved in a good condition, some of which are dated back to 1842 (external), and has a rich ceramic decoration, especially in the niches of the sanctuary, on the high drums and at the top of the west side. The masonry of the monument does not have uniformity

The written decoration is in excellent condition and allegedly it was created in two phases: a) the 13th century and b) in 1717. Something that makes it different is that on the dome is not depicted as always the Almighty but the scene of the Ascension. Also in the church two amazing images are hosted of the Christ from 1678 and of Saint John from 1699.

Of interest is the fact that the monastery has weaving workshop and a small collection of images. In the precincts of the temple there is the temple of San Zaccaria which was built with funds of the monastery a few years ago.

Historical Data

This is a cross-shaped church with a diverse uneven level on the roof. The temple was built in the 13th century by Michael II Komnenos Doukas, husband of Theodora and it was named as opposed to the church of Parigoritissa which dominates the central part of the city. According to tradition, Michael II K.D. built the temple as a sign of repentance for his bad behavior towards Theodora.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.