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The Byzantine church of of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is situated in the old district of Kalampaka and is the oldest preserved monument in the whole region of Meteora.
The murals of the church date back to the 12th century until 16th century and are of exceptional interest.
A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kyriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete.

The most important of the temple’s portable pictures is the one painted on both sides, portraying the Assumption of Virgin Mary on the one side and the Christ’s Crucifixion on the other.
Having been separated in two, after its theft and restoration, the picture is now kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora.

The wood carved iconostasis of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving, and it was created during the 17th century.
Part of a mosaic flooring has also been revealed in a little depth on the front left part of the main temple.

As we enter the temple, the golden bull of the Emperor Andronikos C’ Paleologos 1336 which determined the borders of the Bishopric of Stagoi and granted privileges, as well as the sigilia (the patriarch’s edict) of the Ecumenical Patriarch Antonios D’ (1393), with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagoi granted by various emperors of Byzantium were renewed are written with capital letters writing, on the northern wall of the inner narthex.

The church’s bell tower is also impressive and imposing and can be found in the northern side of the entrance to the precinct of the church.
It is believed that it was built before the 7th century, but officially the church dates back to the 11th century, 300 years before the construction of the monasteries in Meteora. Remnants of an ancient Greek temple of Apollo have been embedded in the wall of the church. In its interior, parts of the older mosaic floor are also preserved. The wall paintings of the church are of great interest and are a sample of the appreciable post Byzantine art. The magnificent marble pulpit of paleochristian type, is also of special interest . The pulpit, which is unique in the whole Greece, is imposing in the center of the church, in front of the Gate.

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