#209 Monastery of the Birth of Mary (Rovelista)

Location

The monastery of the Holy Mother of Rovelista, also known as 'Lady' of the mountainous Arta is located 30 km east of Arta in the middle of a green hillside in the Veletzikou area.

 

Construction Data

It is a cross-roofed vaulted basilica with an aisle, a dome and dances.

In 1854, the Turkish army completely destroyed the monastery, but thanks to the sacrifice of the monks the very old image of the Virgin, a large brocade epitaph and chalices of the 16th century - all of Russian origin were saved. In 1856, the cells and the small church were rebuilt.1

However, a sequence of earthquakes brought about a severe blow to the temple which led to its demolishment in 1976. A large new church, a cruciform with a dome was built in that place, which may not have the grandeur of the past, but blends perfectly with its surroundings.


Historical Data

In this case, words cannot describe the natural beauty that surrounds the monastery. The simple architecture combined with the beautiful landscape give visitors a feeling of peace and wellbeing.

The data that we have acquired about the history and the date of construction of the monastery are minimal and confusing. According to Serafim Xenopoulos the original church was built around the 10th century.

The monastery is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin and its name came from a word that means downhill and is related to the foundation of the monastery. According to oral tradition, the place where the temple was built was chosen by the Virgin herself in order to observe the mountains that lie in front of it.

Therefore, according to this tradition, "the icon of the Virgin "went downhill" from the point that was designated by the bishop of Velentzikou to have the temple on it, to a place elsewhere in a distant forest, where a shepherd that was led to that place by the light that shone in the same spot every night found it. The miracle was interpreted as a wish of the Virgin to have the temple built on the spot where her icon was constantly shifted, and thus the monastery was built. "2

There is little information about the

There is little data regarding the history of the original church. But from these few things we know, we understand the historical significance of the monastery for the residents of the area. It is believed that during the Ottoman Reign a compilation seminary for priests of the diocese of Radovizion operated there. Also the monastery was used as a refuge and base for the fighters during the revolution.

Nowadays it operates as an active nunnery and eminently a monastic pilgrimage of the county.

The monastery also goes by the name "Lady Moschovitissa 'as it is believed that her icon was brought from Russia by a monk.

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 the Springs 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) compose the image of this magnificent landscape in the mind of the visitors 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 Kayak Rafting, at the technical lake of Pournariou and Arachtos respectively. Other activities include horse riding, cycling (eg. Trail bike, 80 km long that passes by: Diaselo- Chelona - Kalentini - Velentziko - Diasolo) hiking (in the mountains of Tzoumerkon, Xerovounio and Gavrogos), hiking in the forest (eg in spruce forest on the route between Giannioti and Skoulikaria), paragliding, participation in health tourism (Spas Chanopoulos) 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.

 

 


#210 Seltsou Monastery

Location

The rich history of the monastery is well hidden in the inaccessible region that it is built. Within two hours of the village Piges of Arta, in a small area of Fraxos, above the right bank of the Achelous River, the historic monastery of Seltsou or Seltzou or Holy Mother Seltsiotissa is located.

The monastery is built in one of the most inaccessible regions of Epirus and is accessible only through Piges village.

Construction Data

The monastery of Seltsou is an Athonite type basilica. The central part of the nave is under the transverse navicular dome, which externally appears as a rectangular gallery covered with a double roof and inside the angles become round and take the form of a dome. On the eastern and western part of the nave is under long arcs. 1

The temple is built of hewn limestone with interlaying mortar. The entrance is at the north wall, while inside there are a few windows-a characteristic of the times of its construction- and it has tiled floor.

The exterior of temple is covered with gabled slate roofs and its enclosure is built of dry stone.

The brickwork decoration is limited to the three-sided apse, while the iconography of the church is divided into zones.

In the lower zone (A) the great saints of the Orthodox Church are fully distinguished. In the next zone (B) we can identify the minor saints and above them a single (C) zone has been painted around them, which ends at the apse of the sanctuary that has the 24 oikos (=houses) of the Akathist Hymn.

The large despotic and Marian feasts are depicted in D and E zone on the surfaces of the domes and on the domes of the two lateral rooms the central scenes of the Dodekaorton, the Transfiguration and the Resurrection of the Lord are depicted.

"The highest performances with symbolic meaning are placed on the highest and most visible parts of the church. The iconography established for a dome fits the dome of the transverse arch. "2

The iconography of the temple dates back to the 17th century, when the wooden iconostasis was created. The magnificent iconostasis of the monastery is richly decorated with plant and animal decorations that are gilt and slightly carved, red or blue.

Nowadays the only parts of the monastery that have survived are the half-ruined church and a few cells on the north side. The monastery has been classified as a historical monument, both for its historical and its cultural heritage.

The Municipality of Tetrafyllia, in collaboration with the Municipality of Souli, organize there every year a seven-day event," the Celebrations of Seltsou" to honor the heroism and sacrifice of the people who died in April 1804 from the monastery to the Achelous river to escape the Turk-Albanian army of Ali Pasha, during the historic battle between the troops of Ali Pasha and the people of Souli.3

Historical Data

This is a post-Byzantine church with a rich history that was founded in 1697, as written on an inscription inside. The monastery is dedicated to the Assumption and it celebrates on August 23.

In the past it belonged to the Diocese of Radoviziou (Radiovisdiou or Radovistiou) whose seat was Velentziko (until 1830) and was part of the Metropolis of Larissa. Since 1881, the area of Radoviziou, a dependency of the Monastery of Rovelista, falls under the County and the Metropolis of Arta.

According to the inscription that is located on the inside of the nave, the construction and decoration were sponsored by the monks Rigiinos, Bartholomew, Zaharios, Alexios, priest Alexios, Jacob, Dionysius, Bishop Arsenios and "honored lords" misters Nikos and Apostolis.

Σύμφωνα με την κτητορική επιγραφή που βρίσκεται στο εσωτερικό του κυρίως ναού, η ανέγερση και ιστόρηση του έγιναν με χορηγία των Ιερομόναχων Ρηγηίνου, Βαρθολομαίου, Ζαχαρίου, Αλεξίου, Αλεξίου ιερέως, Ιακώβου, Διονυσίου, του Επισκόπου κυρ Αρσενίου και των "εντιμότατων αρχόντων" κυρ Νίκου και Αποστόλη.

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 the Springs 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) 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 Kayak Rafting, at the technical lake of Pournariou and Arachtos respectively. Other activities include horse riding, cycling (eg. Trail bike, 80 km long that passes by: Diaselo- Chelona - Kalentini - Velentziko - Diasolo) hiking (in the mountains of Tzoumerkon, Xerovounio and Gavrogos), hiking in the forest (eg in spruce forest on the route between Giannioti and Skoulikaria), paragliding, participation in health tourism (Spas Chanopoulos) 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.

 

 

 

 


#211 "Glynika" Watermill, ownership Koilia

Location

The watermill of Koilia property is located in the neighborhood "Glynika 'in N Springs. Arta.

 

Construction Data

 

 

Historical Data

The watermill property Koilia in the neighborhood "Glynika 'in N Springs. Arta is a remarkable example of a watermill, which is connected with the historical memory of the locals" << It shows the productive activity during the pre-industrial economic organization>>.

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 the Springs 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.

 

 

 

 


#213 Monastery of Megalochari

Location

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.

 

 

 

 


#214 Watermill (Diaselo)

Location

The Watermill is located in Diasello in the Position "Plakovitsas River."


Construction Data

 

 

Historical Data

A representative sample of the local architecture of the pre-industrial era is the watermill in Diasello. The magnificent stone watermill and the fulling mill to "River Plakovitsas" are rightly designated as historical monuments, with a 50 m buffer zone. Perimeter.


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 the Springs 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.


 

 


#215 Watermill (Elati)

Location

The complex is located in Elati and is the property of the church of the birth of the Theotokos.

Construction Data

Historical Data

This, like the above is a pre-industrial architecture typical example and it is connected with the memories of local residents. For a better protection and promotion of the complex there is defined protection zone of 50 m. around the watermill and the fulling.

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 the Springs 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.

 

 

 

 


#216 Church of Saint Paraskevi (Astrochori)

Location

Located in the section bordering the villages Astrochori - Dichomoiri and Retsiana.

 

Construction Data

The church is rectangularly shaped, with 10 m. Length of 6 m. Wide and 3,10 m. Height and is in excellent condition.


Historical Data

In the settlement Monastra of Xerocambos two monasteries existed. One of them was dedicated to St. George, and the other to St. Nicholas. Remains of these monasteries remain at the location.

Once spring came, the monks were raising their cattle on the mountain so that they didn't have to go up and down to the monastery to pray, had a chapel built on the exact spot bordering the villages Astrochori - Dichomoiri and Retsiana. The chapel was dedicated to the memory of the Holy Friday which is celebrated on July 26.

However after some centuries the church could not hold and collapsed, while the only ruin that survived was the icon of Saint.

On the ruins of the old church in 1958, Dimitrios Konstantinou Loutsaris from Xirokampos, re-built the church of Agia Paraskevi. The dimensions did not exceed 7.80 m. Length, 3.80 m. Wide and 1.90 m. Height.

The church does not work today, because the liturgy is done in the new church, the construction of which was in 1989.

The construction started in 1988 and work started by artisan George Asproudis Spiros from Xirokampos and continued by Sophocles Efthimiou Sakka, from Astrochori.

The final temple is rectangularl shaped, measuring 10 m. Length of 6 m. Wide and 3,10 m. Height and is in excellent condition.

The church of Agia Paraskevi received donations by the church council of St. Barbara Astrochori, the old shrine of St. Barbara, the old pen Agia Kyriaki, four candlesticks, censers and other sacred objects.


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 the Springs 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.

 

 


#217 Church of Saint Varvara

Location

Located deep in trees and shrubs, in the beautiful Astrochori of Arta meet the church of St. Varvara, the location of which was formerly a monastery dedicated to her memory.

Construction Data

The building of the church was undertaken by a Tzoumperikotian master whose name was Costas. The church has a rectangular shape with dimensions of 17.15 m. Length, 10.50 m. Wide. The construction was completed in 1860 and was inaugurated several years later in 1923. The chancel of the church was constructed in the year 1872. The church is built in a stunning location, dominated by many waters and perennial trees.

Historical Data

The original monastery belonged to the diocese of Radoviziou, which established the village Velenziko. It had a small temple, an abbey, and storage cells. The monastery was surrounded by a lime-surrounding wall with ten turrets, which the villagers called "bun". The monastery of Agia Varvara was ravaged by Kurt Pasha,a general martinet of Epirus, Thessaly and Central Greece. The exact date of the disaster is unknown because there are no records nor a testimony. However Kurt Pasha died in 1787, we reach the conclusion that the monastery was destroyed before that date. After a few years the villagers decided to build a church where the old monastery was in memory of the Saint

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 the Springs 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.