Kalambaka is a small town in Thessalia region, 394 km northwest of Athens and 21 km from Trikala.
One way to visit Meteora is through Kalambaka. All the way from Trikala small roads lead to many villages and old monasteries. Best known among these is Vytouma Monastery, on a picturesque landscape near Peristera village at the foot of Mt. Koziakas. The monastery is known for its hand-woven fabrics, especially sacerdotal robes.
Must see: The small town of Kalambaka is an important stop to our way to Meteora. It is built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where Pinios river flows down from the Pindus range. In Kalambaka one should not miss the cathedral church of the Dormition of the Virgin (first half of the 12th century), built on a low hill. The interior contains many paintings, and particularly frescoes (1573), by the Cretan monk Neophytos, son of the Crete, hagiographer Theofhanes Strelitzas Bathas. The marble pulpit, marble chest and synthrone in the Sanctuary re very remarkable. The chapel of All Saints, with its 18th century wall paintings, and the church of St. John the Precursor (Prodromos) built with materials from a ancient temple and bearing Roman inscriptions on its walls, are also worth a visit.
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