The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa

The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa

The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,542 contributions
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Jun 2022
What a wonderful old church. Built in the 13th century, unlike many churches which get maintained and modernised over the centuries, this has retained much originality. The painted religious frescoes are missing in parts but those that remain are quite clear retaining colour and expression, these date from the end of the 17th and early 18th centuries. I like old churches that show their age, and this truly is an excellent example.
Written July 4, 2022
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B d A
Athens, Greece965 contributions
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Mar 2022
worth coming to Art with the singular objective of paying a visit to this edifice. 13th century Byzantine, post 1204 Constantinople dispersion of hegemonic units. Despotato Hepirou is the topographically prominent historical unit. Spacious outside and commanding but with an odd well-void sensation and the commanding Pantocrator on the inner dome. Skeletal columnar supports reminding one of bone structures. Exraordinary fresco remains or complete images. MAterials of construction and periodology most interesting and visible. Entrance fee applied.
Few if any of this exact character in the Hellenic Republic but othersise equivalent and interesting exist (Dafni, Mystra etc.) The size and the structure is impressive.
Written March 10, 2022
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Jennifer M
Beijing, China58 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Family
It's very rare to stumble upon a town that is untouched by the hands of time but Arta is one such town. It is surrounded by farmlands and oranges, mandarins and olive trees are all growing in profusion in the fertile soil surrounding this small town which lies at the foothills of the Pindos Mountains.
Arta has been a town from Byzantium and still has impressive relics from these days. The town itself is still party fortified by the Byzantium city walls. The most impressive church from this era is without doubt the Church of Parigoritissa. It is an impressive size filled with icons and notable frescoes.The church was built in the 13th century.It is almost square and three-stories high. It is of the octagonal type, with the central dome supported by eight piers divided into three tiers. There are also four smaller domes on each corner of the church's flat roof. Its interior decoration is rich. The extensive surviving mosaics and frescoes are ecclesiastically beautiful. On the dome the mosaic shows angels and 12 prophets between the drum's windows. These mosaics were probably executed by artists from outside Epirus. In the 16th-century frescoes were added by the painter Ananias, while 17th-century frescoes decorate the main church.The church's decoration also displays a number of Western influences in its statuary, such as Romanesque monsters and reliefs depicting Biblical scenes.
For lovers of liturgical architectural this church is impressive and well worth a visit if you find yourself in this little known town in Epirus (north western Greece).
Written June 7, 2014
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ELear
Ancona, Italy3,065 contributions
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Jul 2013 • Solo
It isn't a common stop on the international tourist circuit, but the ancient Byzantine Imperial Church of Panagia Parigoritissa in Arta is famous among Greek people as one of the most beautiful in their country, and if you're going by Arta it would be a pity not to stop and see it. It's easy to find - there are signs - and you can park nearby. (Getting out of Arta's more difficult - just take your time !) If it's important for you to be able to see inside, ring Arta Tourist Office (26810 78551) to make sure it'll be open, but even if it's closed it's worth going to see its beauty outside.

There used to be a little archaeological museum - a rather good one - in the corner next to the church, but it may have moved.
Written June 1, 2014
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Peter B
Lowestoft, UK105 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Couples
We wouldn’t have missed this ‘museum’ - it’s a site of great historic importance. The entrance fee was modest, quite appropriate for the size of the building. It was fascinating. There was parking around the area, but that may be more difficult on ‘work days’
Written July 23, 2018
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JerrryCornelius
Hove, UK117 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Friends
How this place has not fallen down is a miracle and a tribute to the architect and the money spent building it in the 13th century. A unique church. Unmistakable.
Written April 2, 2018
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sjsk
Cleveland, TN181 contributions
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Dec 2017 • Family
This is a beautiful very old church. The paintings and outside are worth a visit. There is a small fee to visit but worth it. The lady selling tickets was very informative. It is sad to see the disrepair of this gem. I hope it can be saved and restored to its glory.
Written December 30, 2017
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Theocharis
Arta, Greece11 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Solo
This church is really unique. A must see.... It's in Arta downtown, with a special entrance for the disabled...
Written December 7, 2017
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MFD
United Kingdom2,871 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Solo
Found it slightly dear to enter the church however the architecture and paintings are absolutely mesmerizing. The church was founded in ca. 1290 by the Despot of Epirus, Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas (r. 1268–1297), and his second wife Anna Kantakouzene. The church eventually became bankrupt, and was turned into a dependency (metochion) of the Monastery of Kato Panagia. In 1578, it is attested as a female convent.
Written August 26, 2017
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Chris G
Washington DC, DC1,055 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Friends
If for some reason you are lost and end up in a silly place like Arta, or are very near by, stopping to see this church is an absolute must.

A fabulous example to high Byzantine architecture from the 13th century. Some original frescoes are still to be seen. An impressive structure. Only 2 euro to visit. 15 minutes.
Written September 13, 2016
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