#216 Church of Saint Paraskevi (Astrochori)


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.