• ACTIVITIES

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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 

  • NATURE

     

    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

  • CULTURE

     

    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

  • TOURISM

     

    The only sure thing is that you 're not gonna regret choosing West Macedonia as your destination place for your vacations whatever the type of tourist you are. West Macedonia provides you with a variety of accommodations regardless of you staying to a far tiny village or a big city. Easily, find hotels based your needs across the four countys.

  • INFORMATION

     

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Kastoria

Churches

The eighty churches date back to the 9th to the 14th century. They are built inside and outside the city walls and they are masterpieces of Byzantine art. They are classified as three-aisled vaulted basilicas, longitudinal hall churches with wooden roof and more rarely as domed triconch church. Their wall structure is very characteristic. The walls are made of stones that are surrounded by mud-bricks, as well as mud decorative elements, usually representing suns, circles and monograms.

The most famous church of Kastoria is Panagia Koumbelidiki, built in the first half of the 11th century. It took its name from its characteristic dome, which is called “koumbes” in Turkish. Exceptional wall paintings dating back to the 13th century adorn the church, among which the rare human-like representation of the Holy Trinity.

 

In the area of the Cathedral, we find Taxiarches Mitropoleos, a three-aisled vaulted basilica, with wall paintings dating back to the 10th century. At the south aisle, the church hosts the bones of Pavlos and Natalia Mela.

Agios Stefanos was built in the late 9th century and it is the only church with a women’s loft. Its beautiful wall paintings date back to the 9th century. One can still see the Episcopal throne in the sanctuary, and the walls are exteriorly adorned with ceramoplastic jewels and tiles.

Agioi Anargyroi is an impressive three-aisled basilica of the 10th century. The magnificent wall paintings of the 12th century, ordered by the famous family of Limniotes, are a work of unique expressional power and elegance.

The church of the Koimisis tis Theotokou (Assumption), in the deserted settlement of Zevgostasi, is an important Byzantine monument, dating back to the 11th century and it is full of beautiful wall paintings. On the outer wall of the church, one can see the representation of the Holy Mother and the Holy Infant.

Another work of the same painting workshop is the decoration of Agios Nikolaos Kasintzis, a hall church located at Omonoia Square. It dates back to the late 12th century.

Agios Georgios in the village of Omorfoklissia is one of the most beautiful churches in Macedonia. It was built in the 13th century as a Katholikon (main church of a monastery complex). It is cruciform with narthex and rich ceramoplastic decoration on the outer walls. Among other admirable hagiographies, there are also exceptional works by the monks Varlaam and Joasaf. The great whole-body wooden relief of Saint George is a unique work of Byzantine art. It looks like a statue and it is 2.96 m tall.

The monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa is located 4 kilometers from the city center, in the middle of a beautiful lakeside path. It was probably built in the years of Alexios Komninos the 1st (1081-1118) and it played a major role in all the phases of the history of Kastoria.