#220 Monastery of Saint Aikaterini (Katarraktis)

Location

Katarraktis is a village which belongs to the municipal unit of Agnanda. It is built at an altitude of 800 meters on Athamanika Mountains, at a distance of 62.5 km (via the Bridge of Plaka) and 55 km (via Ramia) from the town of Arta.

There we find the famous Cathedral of Ag. Aikaterini.

Construction Data

It is a three-aisle domed basilica without a dome with integrated spire on the west side.

Of particular interest is the carved iconostasis of the church and the big icon of St. Catherine with a gilded embossed coating.

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Historical Data

The year of construction of the church dates back to 1730, however, in 1827 it was rebuilt entirely.

The church stores rare artifacts, such as carved silver shrines of saints, works Kalaritan silversmiths.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The "proud Tzoumerka" as mentions characteristically the folk music tradition, generously offer visitors wealth of pictures and colors. They usually are haracterized by the changes in the landscape and the towering snow-capped mountains. They have unspoilt natural environment and rich cultural tradition, a variety of historical monuments (archaeological sites, oracles) and museums. The traditional villages, the manners and customs, the hospitality, the traditional music and gastronomy, meet the requirements of even the most demanding visitor. The region of Central Tzoumerka has common historical, social, economic and cultural characteristics, but each village gives its own touch, its own distinctive feature, thus completing the fantastic mosaic called Tzoumerka.

In the villages one can find antiquities (remains of city walls, tombs etc.), Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments (monasteries, churches), stone bridges (Bridge of Plaka, Bridge in Chatzigiannaiika (Athamanio), Neraidogefyro (in Voulgareli) etc, houses (ie. the Koulies in Theodoriana) and pre-industrial buildings, eg. Watermill (property of Kafkas) in the settlement of Potamia, Watermill - Nerotrivi - Mantania in Agnanta etc. From the monasteries-churches indicative are mentioned the following: The Red Church, the Church of Faneromeni, the Ascension Church and the Church of Panagia in Agnanta, the Church of Saint Michael and Gabriel in Mikrospilia, Church of St. John in Vatatsi settlement, while there are many more remarkable churches-monasteries to visit.



Regarding the museum collections, there are in Central Tzoumerka the Agricultural Museum in Perama (in Distrato), the "Folk Art and Life Museum", life work of Pantelis Karalis (in Kipseli), the stone built Folklore Museum (former school building) and a photography exhibition in Tetrakomo.

Tzoumerka, besides the historical and cultural interest, have gained in recent years a loyal tourism audience, visiting the area and the multitude of sports, outdoor activities offered. Hiking, Cycling trails, rafting and Kayak (in Arachthos and in the artificial lake Pournari, respectively), riding (next to Arachtos or Voulgareli) are just some of the activities in which lovers of alternative tourism can indulge.



Also, of the most adventurous mountain activities is certainly paragliding, parapente, while there is also a Moto-Cross track in Filothei of Arta, where sometimes competitions are organized.

Finally, the area of Tzoumerka has many shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and rooms to let, traditional market, shops selling local products and handicrafts, thereby satisfying the requirements of the most demanding visitor.