Church of Agia Paraskevi - Tempi

Church of Agia Paraskevi - Tempi

Church of Agia Paraskevi - Tempi
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Lucian M
Constanta, Romania2,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Tempi Valley is a narrow gorge, making an easy connection between Thessaloniki and Larissa and from there, further to Athens. The gorge follows the Pineios River. The landscape is gorgeous and you may have a stop for relax in a place considered to be as a pilgrimage destination for Christians, especially Orthodox. This is the Church of Agia Paraskevi and the holly spring, its water helping mostly the eyes – this is what it’s believed.
You will know where to stop the car, because there are many others stopped already and you will notice also some stalls with souvenirs. You have to take down some steps, then to cross a suspended bridge over the Pineios River and here you are, in front of the church.
The church is a small one. It is very well maintained and clean. The holly spring is nearby, in a very narrow cave, with a descending slope, but not very deep into the rock. Anyway, I think the place is not recommended to claustrophobic people.
I visited the place several times in the last years and I enjoyed all the time for peace, beautiful nature and relax that I found there.
Written April 21, 2016
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turista17654
Belgrade, Serbia193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Looking completely different compared to other churches; the enviroment reminds on a beautiful park, with a stream. There is a cave inside, where You can take a holy water
Written November 19, 2017
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bcipkalova
Mechelen, Belgium419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Beautiful valley before Larissa. Walking next clear water. Only what is pity that they don't care and common place is destroyed. Toilet don't use!
Written July 19, 2017
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Andrea P
Gdansk, Poland166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I've heard that the water from the spring in the cave can heal any eye problems, and you can go inside and take as much as you need - so don't forget an empty bottle with you.
Written July 22, 2016
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135Eleni
Adelaide, Australia525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015

On our way to Thessaloniki when we decided to stop in this most picturesque valley. A little way off the main highway but worth the detour. Car stops in a place on road, we get out, down some flight of steps, through some street stalls selling all sort of religious trinkets and icons, more steps - now up, then a narrow dirt path, walk over a rather long suspension bridge and down to the Church of AGIA Paraskevi, and the cave where her remains were found , plus a cafeteria and a retail outlet.
AGIA Paraskevi is portrayed holding a bowl with a set of eyes-and is the patron saint of ophthalmologists.
Anyway her story I found interesting - although courageous and suffering a tragic end.
The church in her honour built into the rock face of the mountain right next to the cave.
The setting is just breathtaking-amongst nature, huge plane trees, pines and other aromatic vegetation
A river runs below the suspension bridge with the cleanest of drinking waters, People also fishing downstream. There was a peacefulness - every sound was illuminated - the running water, the birds, the crunch of the dry leaves underfoot , the air so fresh and clean. So hard to imagine that places like this exist considering the fast world we live in.
The church was beautifully maintained by dedicated volunteers-they do however ask that photos not be taken inside chapel as sign of respect, but welcome to enter, look, light candle or leave a small monetary donation which helps with upkeep. Large icon of Saint inside and I imagine on her dedicated saint day there is no doubt a panigiri (feast) after service in her honour
The cave next to chapel is dug into the Rock - narrow, dark and damp. There is fresh running drinking water at the end. Although I went in some people found it hard to go all the way, but lit a candle right at the entrance to cave.
The cafeteria has indoor and outdoor seating and although unassuming and simply decorated, was very inviting and clean .We only had coffees and sweets but they did have a very nice menu. Also sold locally produced jams, preserves, dried fruits & nuts, pastries and other locally made goodies.
Some icons and handicrafts also there to be sold.
Felt very blessed to have found this piece of paradise.

Written October 11, 2015
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Jeffrey P
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The church is set in a beautiful gorge, access being via a swing bridge over the Pineios River. The church itself is built against the side of a cliff, beside which is the entrance to a grotto with a fresh water spring. Steps from the church lead up to an abandoned railway line, including two tunnels and a small railway station all of which were fascinating to explore. There is also a small cafeteria nearby though rather run down and neglected now.
Written November 30, 2019
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand7,636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Built part in the rocks over a river bridge which apparently if visited during the daylight is pretty.
We visited on the saints day so the place was packed even at 10pm! Loads of gypsies which was off putting. Church itself was ok and the holy spring down a narrow rock hole interesting for a small donation.
Interesting but not the best example of an Orthodox Church
Written July 27, 2017
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand7,636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
In honesty it was dark when we got here as being the saints day it was packed out earlier on. Packed full of gypsies it was a little off putting. However the church is over a bridge and built into the side of a rock and has a holy spring that you can also visit for a small donation which is down a narrow rock tunnel.
Apparently we were told that the view from the bridge down river was pretty in daylight.
Lots of parking on the road and loads of market like stalls.
The church itself was quite basic and not the best Orthodox Church I've seen but it if you're passing well worth a visit.
Written July 27, 2017
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Olga
Belgrade, Serbia160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
Quick visit to fetch water from a cave spring. Queing in front of the cave is mandatory and then walking through a small tunnel to reach the spring inside the cave.
Written May 4, 2017
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anacpap
London, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
It is the most common stop you can do at Tempi. There you can find some great local products and taste fresh water. I would def recommend you to give it a try if passing by.
Written November 28, 2016
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