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Cavern of Theopetra

The cavern of Theopetra is a cavern of archaeological interest at the formations of the rocks of Meteora. At the entry there is a stone wall, which closes two thirds from the cavern entry. It was built 23,000 ago, possibly as an obstacle against the cold and the air.

This cavern is the first that was excavated in Thessaly and the only one, until now, in Greece with continuous anthropogenic embankments that begin from the Medium Paleolithic Period up to the end of Neolithic (3,000 B.C). The importance of this chronological continuity lies in the fact that for the first time we can see in the Hellenic space the passage from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic way of life. Among other things in the cavern, tools of the Paleolithic-Mesolithic and Neolithic Period were discovered, as well as ceramic Neolithic discoveries, bony tools, jewels from sea-shells, a unique for the Hellenic space golden jewel from the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Period. Moreover, the eminent human imprints of Theopetra were found, which were dated 130,000 years ago and constitute a rare discovery, not only for the Hellenic but also the European area.

Bridge of Sarakina

The Bridge of Sarakina is located 1km NW of the village of Sarakina, south of Kalambaka. It is the Stone Bridge of Sarakina, Trikala, characterized as a rare monument of the traditional architecture of the early post-byzantine years.

The bridge was built in the 16th century (1520), by Vissarion B, the metropolitan bishop of Larisa. In its initial form the bridge had six arches, the third form the left (east0 bank being the bigger, under which the deepest course of Pineios river passes. Four semicircular arches are saved today, while, in the place of the ones that collapsed in 1970, others were constructed from reinforced concrete. It is the most significant and important art monument of our architectural heritage, in the prefecture of Trikala. In her paper on the stone bridges of the area, the civil engineer, professor at Aristotle university of Thesssaloniki, M. Karaveziroglou, characterizes the bridge of Sarakina as a significant monument, not only for the Thessaly Plain, but also for the wider Greek and Balkan area, because of its impressive shape and stability, thanks to which it was saved up to date.

Holy Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary

The Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, is a point of reference and worship for all the believers. Located in the old town of Kalambaka, it was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian “basilica” church. The order (way of building) is “trikliti” (triforium) basilica of mixed type “it has very high and lit the intermediate “klitos” (aisle) of the narthex and the “trivilo”.

The Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is “trikliti” (triforium) basilica with wooden roof, ending in three angles in the east. The central “klitos” (aisle) is elevated. The “klitos” (aisles) are separated with alternating pillars and columns, while the inner narthex communicates with the central “klitos” (aisle) through a tribelon opening. The outer narthex is was added later.

Old Settlement of Kastraki

It is situated between Kalabaka and Meteora, literally in the shade of the rocks and it is the most developed tourist village of the prefecture of Trikala. A small picturesque village, nestled in the arms of the massive rocks that seem to protect it, the old settlement of Kastraki presents appreciable architectural interest. Kastraki has an old and rich history. A lot of traditional customs are maintained up to date, and the most distinguishing is the ascension with rope to the small church of Saint George Mandila.

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