Attractions In Trikala

Explore The Attractions Of Trikala
Agia Triada Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios.
Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore.

It’s open everyday except Thursday.

Ancient Potneo (near Elati village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Trace the region’s archaeological history by taking a walk around Elati. The area is dotted with remains of the ancient settlement of Potneo. Roam the village and you’ll no doubt find remnants of this once-great city.

Asklipion Trikkis Archaeological Park, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Remains of a temple dedicated to Asklipion Trikkis can be found here, and is thought to be a hospital founded by Asklipion.
Other important sites in the park include a building with gorgeous floor mosaics about Amvrosia who was a nurse-nymph and Lykourgos the Thracean King. Admire the Roman baths, as well as the remains of a 10thC Byzantine church.

The archaeological site is accessible after applying permission from the archaeological authorities.

Clock Tower in Medieval Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

The town’s famous Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1936, but the old-world features that make it a favorite landmark among both locals and visitors will make you a fan. It stands proud in the middle of old and new buildings, and is one of the defining parts of Trikala.

Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This Medieval fort/castle is located within the town, next to the neighborhood of Varousi. Founded by the Emperor Justinian in the 6thC, the fort includes the town’s famous Clock Tower which was rebuilt in 1936, as well as the Byzantine Churches of the Transfiguration of the Savior and Archangel Michael.
Explore the area, and get a taste of the town’s Medieval and Byzantine past. Note that the castle consists of three areas, like sections. One of the most beautiful sections is that part that contains the clock tower. Trikala Town’s municipal government landscaped the area and has now turned it into a beautiful park. Lounge on the lawns and take a picnic lunch with you as you eat in the shadow of one of the city’s most important landmarks. After, head to the theater built in the next section. If you’re visiting during the summer, catch a performance here. It’s a unique sight.

Hatzipetrou Bridge, Neraidochori village
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful stone bridge blends into the stunning natural surroundings in a way that will make you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. Of course, Neraidochori means Fairy Village, which is an apt description of the beauty of the area.

Houliaras Cave (near Pahtouri Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful mountain village played a pivotal role during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and during WWII as in each war the resistance movement based its headquarters in Pahtouri. If you’re a history buff, this cave is a must-see as battle stations set up by the resistance fighters to combat the Turks are still visible in the cave.

KATSIOUNA AND HARAVLA CAVES
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you love hiking and spelunking, these twin caves near Messohora Village are perfect for you. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, you’ll enjoy searching for them and then exploring their beautiful chambers.

Kidonia Cave (near Stournareika Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Experienced spelunkers will find this stunning cave at an altitude of 1340 m along the mountain ridge. It’s unexplored but its beauty is still well-known – ask the locals for tips and advice before venturing in to admire the cave chamber dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.

Kliafa Museum of History and Culture, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Once a soft-drink manufacturing and bottling company, the factories now house exhibitions featuring household objects, manuscripts, old photos as well as machines and contraptions from the Kliafa factories’ history. Another gallery houses an antique printing press and old issues of Trikala’s newspapers. Admire one of the most extensive collections of soft drink bottle caps and labels from all over the world and a beautiful Children’s library.

Koimiseos Theotokou Church, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the 10thC, is the oldest church in the region, and its ancient masonry and stunning mosaic floor add to the spiritual atmosphere inside the church. Admire the marble throne and the church’s unique architecture.

Kokkini Spilia Cave (near Alonia, Nea Pefki Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

When you visit this beautiful mountain village, ask the locals for directions to Kokkini Spilia. Translated as Red Cave, Kokkini Spilia’s name is suggestive of the cave chamber’s main feature, which is the beautiful red color of the rock.
When you’re done exploring, stop by the nearby gushing springs of Frahos and Vrisoula at an altitude of 1200 meters and then continue your hike in the area.

Kokkinostefano Fort (near Pertouli)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Explore this unique structure close to a lushly forested mountain. Dating back to the Byzantine and Medieval era, it exudes an otherworldly aura and gives you a peek into the architecture of the period.

Konstantio School, Kalabaka town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1850, this is the oldest building in Kalambaka. Take a walk to the area and admire the unique architectural features that give you a taste of what the town looked like in the 19thC. It now houses a public school.

Koursoum Tzami or Osman Sach Mosque, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Currently used as a museum, it’s one of the finest examples of Muslim architecture in the country, and it’s a wonderfully unique venue for a number of cultural activities. Built in the 16th Century by a Turkish prince who sought refuge in Trikala when wounded, it’s a living monument to the hospitality and help the locals bestowed upon him during his recovery.

Kriakoura Cave (near Neraida Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you want a taste of winter in the middle of summer, head to Kriakoura cave. Nestled at the top of the mountain, it is so high up you’ll find snow inside all year. Legend says the cave hides the entrance to an underground path that leads all the way to Epirus, thought to have been used during Ottoman rule.

Lengo Cave (near Desi Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you love to study geology and how all geological systems inter-relate, this is the cave for you. An underground river surfaces in Lengo Cave, which makes this cave one of the most interesting in the region.

Matsopoulou Mill, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1884, this mill played a crucial role in the city’s history – present in all facets of industry, its place in the region’s economy was honored by turning it into a municipal arts center that also hosts a movie theater, classrooms for art courses and other cultural activities.
While you take in an art show, admire the mill’s stunning architecture. It’s one of the most unique venues of arts and culture you’ll see.

Meteora, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a network of Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries perched atop a complex of 1000 sandstone boulders, each soaring to 400-meters. Soaring to the sky, these imposing boulders were chosen by the first monks as ideal spiritual locations for monastic cells. Beginning in the 12thC, monks attempted to scale the boulders by pushing logs up against the sides of rock pillars, climbing the logs and then dropping rope ladders down for other monks to join them. To this day, monastic cells dot the sheer face of the rock – evidence of the monks’ determination to worship and meditate as close to God as possible.

Municipal Arts Center, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Located in the Varoussi district, the Arts Center boasts a record of the creative life of a number of Greece’s prominent musicians, including Vasili Tsitsani who is a native of Trikala. You’ll find guitars and bouzoukia (mandolins) used by Tsitsani and others when composing their lyrical hits, as well as handwritten rough drafts of lyrics, poems and letters and other correspondence as well as old records, photos, drawing and newspaper clippings.

Porta Bridge, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1514 by Saint Vissarion, this huge arch bridge is worth a tour. It passes over a roaring river, and was the only way of crossing for centuries. It’s a significant part of the region’s history.

Porta-Panagia Church, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1283 by the Byzantine regional emperor Komninos, the heavy stone masonry of the Church of Porta-Panagia coupled with a golden aura of icons and lit candles indoors will take you back to the Middle Ages. Take some time to admire the two huge mosaic or psifidoto icons that greet you as you enter the church – they’re unique in Greece and something you’ll never come across again.

Sarmanitsa Cave (near Pirra Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you’re an adventurous spelunker, this cave is perfect for you. It’s unexplored and a bit of a mystery, so as long as you take all possible precautions, it could provide a wonderful opportunity for experienced spelunkers.

Skala Paleohoriou Cave (Amarantos village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This wonderful cave is located beside a quaint mountain village. As you hike through the region, look for the watermill of St. Minas and this beautiful cave.

Soufli Cave (near Paleohori Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Explore this beautiful cave that sits at 1050 meters, beside the village. It will always feel cool in the cave – in fact, the cave is famous for doubling as a natural refrigerator. Locals used to store ice here in the summer.

St. Barbara (Roussanou) monastery
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Part of the Meteora monastic complex, This nunnery was founded in 1529 and boasts unique architecture that dates back to the early 16th Century. Explore the monastery’s Church of the Transfiguration of Christ – the icons, frescos and murals that decorate the inside of the church are famous and are considered to be canonical is religious art and date back to 1560.

St. Ioanni Prodromou, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful Byzantine church is a wonderful example of religious architecture and a living record of the spiritual heritage of Trikala region. Stunningly built, it exudes an atmosphere of serenity.

St. Nicholas Church (Neraidochori village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful church was built in 1764, and still retains a lot of its historical presence. Once boasting beautiful murals, a fire destroyed much of the artwork but you can still see the underlying outlines and sketches drawn on the walls by the artist. Truly a one-of-a-kind peek into the artistic process.

St. Nikolaos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the 1300s, this monastery boasts a beautiful main church that has been decorated in a stunning tradition. The main church is dedicated to St. Nikolaos and was built in 1500. The artwork you can admire in the interior of the church has been credited to Theophanes from Crete.
He is the founder of an entire school of art. If you wander to the upper floors of the monastery, make it a point to admire the chapel of St. Anthony. You’ll see a number of 14thC frescos and murals that are iconic in Byzantine art. Ask to visit the ossuary which is an important part of the monastery’s attractions and is especially interesting in terms of tradition. There are other chapels that are also worth a visit.

St. Paraskevi Church (Xylopariko village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you want to admire one of the most beautiful churches in the region, make it a point to seek out St. Paraskevi Church. Built in the 14thC, you’ll be able to see all the details of Byzantine architecture and artistry – stone masonry is of the highest order, as are the religious frescos that date back to the 15thC and are perfect examples of Byzantine craftsmanship and artistic tradition.

St. Stefanos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This convent was founded in the 12thC, and the nuns that have retreated there are devoted to charity work and art restoration.
The actual church of St. Stefanos was built in 1350 – it’s worth exploring because of the beautiful artwork that adorns its walls. Frescos are the work of the monk Nikolaos.
Hand-carved wood artwork can be found in the monastery’s other chapels – you’ll be amazed by the level of craftsmanship and with the architecture of the buildings. If you’re a legend-maniac, you’ll be happy to know the severed head of St. Haralambous is kept in the monastery, in the church of St. Haralambous – it’s believed to be a very powerful relic that’s responsible for many miracles. If you love museums, make it a point to explore the rectory, which has been turned into a museum. Admire the gold embroideries, ancient manuscripts and important icons housed there.

St. Varlaam/All Saints Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the early 1500s, this monastery is one of the most adorned in Meteora. Built by a local artist called Frangos Catelanos, he painted the murals himself. Admire the minute details in the religious scenes and notice the excellent craftsmanship of the era. Explore the chapel which is also beautifully adorned with hand-painted murals. There’s a museum in the rectory which is worth a tour. Testament to the monastery’s artistic heritage, it was a center for illuminated manuscripts and gold embroidery.

St. Vissarion Monastery (outside Pili Town)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Perched atop Koziakas Mountain, at an altitude of 1665 meters, this 16thC monastery played a vital role in the history of the region. Visit the beautiful monastery to learn more about how this saint helped shape the town. Stroll through the monastic complex to admire the frescos and icons that adorn the church.

Stone Fountains of Psili Vrisi, Gavriel Vrisi, Iannaki Vrisi, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

These beautiful stone fountains are a wonderful place to take a break, sit down and admire your surroundings. Admire the craftsmanship and the beautiful stone design.

Theopetra Cave (near Theopetra village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.

Theopetra Cave (near Theopetra village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)This is the largest and one of the most spectacular monasteries in Meteora. It stands atop the highest rock pillar, and was founded by St. Athanasios Meteoriti in the early 14thC. King John Paleologos was its co-founder, and became a monk when retreating from secular life. Admire the beautiful architecture, which includes an eerie cellar and impressive balcony. The cellar houses a wonderful folk museum that includes exhibits taken from historical everyday life. Along with the ossuary, explore the main church and its 15th and 16th Century Byzantine frescos and murals. The monastery’s rectory doubles as a museum with artifacts of monastic life and religious relics. Explore the ancient kitchen for a glimpse into the past and into everyday life in this sky-scraping environment.

Trikala Museum of Folklore, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Natives of Trikala are proud of their illustrious heritage, and this museum in the Cultural Center unveils their history and local customs and lifestyle. Admire beautiful needlework, antique costumes, pottery artifacts, old maps, and domestic objects used by Trikala’s families in the past.

Tsiata Magia Cave, Polithea Village
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you’re an experienced spelunker and you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cave for you. Close to a mountain village, this cave is rarely explored and is undeveloped. Ask the locals for directions and tips, and as always keep safety in mind as unexplored caves can be dangerous.

Watermill and Museum, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Dating back to 1665, this old stone watermill is fully functional and has been restored to house a hydroengineering museum to portray the power of this clean source of energy. Rugs and carpets are cleaned in the mill, wheat and corn are ground. Admire the engineering used to perform these everyday tasks, and learn more about Trikala’s industrial past.

Ancient Potneo (near Elati village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Trace the region’s archaeological history by taking a walk around Elati. The area is dotted with remains of the ancient settlement of Potneo. Roam the village and you’ll no doubt find remnants of this once-great city.

Asklipion Trikkis Archaeological Park, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Remains of a temple dedicated to Asklipion Trikkis can be found here, and is thought to be a hospital founded by Asklipion.
Other important sites in the park include a building with gorgeous floor mosaics about Amvrosia who was a nurse-nymph and Lykourgos the Thracean King. Admire the Roman baths, as well as the remains of a 10thC Byzantine church.

The archaeological site is accessible after applying permission from the archaeological authorities.

Kokkinostefano Fort (near Pertouli)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Explore this unique structure close to a lushly forested mountain. Dating back to the Byzantine and Medieval era, it exudes an otherworldly aura and gives you a peek into the architecture of the period.

Theopetra Cave (near Theopetra village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.

Clock Tower in Medieval Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

The town’s famous Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1936, but the old-world features that make it a favorite landmark among both locals and visitors will make you a fan. It stands proud in the middle of old and new buildings, and is one of the defining parts of Trikala.

Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This Medieval fort/castle is located within the town, next to the neighborhood of Varousi. Founded by the Emperor Justinian in the 6thC, the fort includes the town’s famous Clock Tower which was rebuilt in 1936, as well as the Byzantine Churches of the Transfiguration of the Savior and Archangel Michael.
Explore the area, and get a taste of the town’s Medieval and Byzantine past. Note that the castle consists of three areas, like sections. One of the most beautiful sections is that part that contains the clock tower. Trikala Town’s municipal government landscaped the area and has now turned it into a beautiful park. Lounge on the lawns and take a picnic lunch with you as you eat in the shadow of one of the city’s most important landmarks. After, head to the theater built in the next section. If you’re visiting during the summer, catch a performance here. It’s a unique sight.

Kokkinostefano Fort (near Pertouli)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Explore this unique structure close to a lushly forested mountain. Dating back to the Byzantine and Medieval era, it exudes an otherworldly aura and gives you a peek into the architecture of the period.

Houliaras Cave (near Pahtouri Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful mountain village played a pivotal role during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and during WWII as in each war the resistance movement based its headquarters in Pahtouri. If you’re a history buff, this cave is a must-see as battle stations set up by the resistance fighters to combat the Turks are still visible in the cave.

KATSIOUNA AND HARAVLA CAVES
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you love hiking and spelunking, these twin caves near Messohora Village are perfect for you. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, you’ll enjoy searching for them and then exploring their beautiful chambers.

Kidonia Cave (near Stournareika Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Experienced spelunkers will find this stunning cave at an altitude of 1340 m along the mountain ridge. It’s unexplored but its beauty is still well-known – ask the locals for tips and advice before venturing in to admire the cave chamber dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.

Kokkini Spilia Cave (near Alonia, Nea Pefki Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

When you visit this beautiful mountain village, ask the locals for directions to Kokkini Spilia. Translated as Red Cave, Kokkini Spilia’s name is suggestive of the cave chamber’s main feature, which is the beautiful red color of the rock.
When you’re done exploring, stop by the nearby gushing springs of Frahos and Vrisoula at an altitude of 1200 meters and then continue your hike in the area.

Kriakoura Cave (near Neraida Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you want a taste of winter in the middle of summer, head to Kriakoura cave. Nestled at the top of the mountain, it is so high up you’ll find snow inside all year. Legend says the cave hides the entrance to an underground path that leads all the way to Epirus, thought to have been used during Ottoman rule.

Lengo Cave (near Desi Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you love to study geology and how all geological systems inter-relate, this is the cave for you. An underground river surfaces in Lengo Cave, which makes this cave one of the most interesting in the region.

Sarmanitsa Cave (near Pirra Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you’re an adventurous spelunker, this cave is perfect for you. It’s unexplored and a bit of a mystery, so as long as you take all possible precautions, it could provide a wonderful opportunity for experienced spelunkers.

Skala Paleohoriou Cave (Amarantos village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This wonderful cave is located beside a quaint mountain village. As you hike through the region, look for the watermill of St. Minas and this beautiful cave.

Soufli Cave (near Paleohori Village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Explore this beautiful cave that sits at 1050 meters, beside the village. It will always feel cool in the cave – in fact, the cave is famous for doubling as a natural refrigerator. Locals used to store ice here in the summer.

Theopetra Cave (near Theopetra village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.

Tsiata Magia Cave, Polithea Village
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you’re an experienced spelunker and you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cave for you. Close to a mountain village, this cave is rarely explored and is undeveloped. Ask the locals for directions and tips, and as always keep safety in mind as unexplored caves can be dangerous.

Agia Triada Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios.
Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore.

It’s open everyday except Thursday.

Koimiseos Theotokou Church, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the 10thC, is the oldest church in the region, and its ancient masonry and stunning mosaic floor add to the spiritual atmosphere inside the church. Admire the marble throne and the church’s unique architecture.

Meteora, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a network of Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries perched atop a complex of 1000 sandstone boulders, each soaring to 400-meters. Soaring to the sky, these imposing boulders were chosen by the first monks as ideal spiritual locations for monastic cells. Beginning in the 12thC, monks attempted to scale the boulders by pushing logs up against the sides of rock pillars, climbing the logs and then dropping rope ladders down for other monks to join them. To this day, monastic cells dot the sheer face of the rock – evidence of the monks’ determination to worship and meditate as close to God as possible.

Porta-Panagia Church, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1283 by the Byzantine regional emperor Komninos, the heavy stone masonry of the Church of Porta-Panagia coupled with a golden aura of icons and lit candles indoors will take you back to the Middle Ages. Take some time to admire the two huge mosaic or psifidoto icons that greet you as you enter the church – they’re unique in Greece and something you’ll never come across again.

St. Barbara (Roussanou) monastery
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Part of the Meteora monastic complex, This nunnery was founded in 1529 and boasts unique architecture that dates back to the early 16th Century. Explore the monastery’s Church of the Transfiguration of Christ – the icons, frescos and murals that decorate the inside of the church are famous and are considered to be canonical is religious art and date back to 1560.

St. Ioanni Prodromou, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful Byzantine church is a wonderful example of religious architecture and a living record of the spiritual heritage of Trikala region. Stunningly built, it exudes an atmosphere of serenity.

St. Nicholas Church (Neraidochori village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful church was built in 1764, and still retains a lot of its historical presence. Once boasting beautiful murals, a fire destroyed much of the artwork but you can still see the underlying outlines and sketches drawn on the walls by the artist. Truly a one-of-a-kind peek into the artistic process.

St. Nikolaos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the 1300s, this monastery boasts a beautiful main church that has been decorated in a stunning tradition. The main church is dedicated to St. Nikolaos and was built in 1500. The artwork you can admire in the interior of the church has been credited to Theophanes from Crete.
He is the founder of an entire school of art. If you wander to the upper floors of the monastery, make it a point to admire the chapel of St. Anthony. You’ll see a number of 14thC frescos and murals that are iconic in Byzantine art. Ask to visit the ossuary which is an important part of the monastery’s attractions and is especially interesting in terms of tradition. There are other chapels that are also worth a visit.

St. Paraskevi Church (Xylopariko village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

If you want to admire one of the most beautiful churches in the region, make it a point to seek out St. Paraskevi Church. Built in the 14thC, you’ll be able to see all the details of Byzantine architecture and artistry – stone masonry is of the highest order, as are the religious frescos that date back to the 15thC and are perfect examples of Byzantine craftsmanship and artistic tradition.

St. Stefanos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This convent was founded in the 12thC, and the nuns that have retreated there are devoted to charity work and art restoration.
The actual church of St. Stefanos was built in 1350 – it’s worth exploring because of the beautiful artwork that adorns its walls. Frescos are the work of the monk Nikolaos.
Hand-carved wood artwork can be found in the monastery’s other chapels – you’ll be amazed by the level of craftsmanship and with the architecture of the buildings. If you’re a legend-maniac, you’ll be happy to know the severed head of St. Haralambous is kept in the monastery, in the church of St. Haralambous – it’s believed to be a very powerful relic that’s responsible for many miracles. If you love museums, make it a point to explore the rectory, which has been turned into a museum. Admire the gold embroideries, ancient manuscripts and important icons housed there.

St. Varlaam/All Saints Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the early 1500s, this monastery is one of the most adorned in Meteora. Built by a local artist called Frangos Catelanos, he painted the murals himself. Admire the minute details in the religious scenes and notice the excellent craftsmanship of the era. Explore the chapel which is also beautifully adorned with hand-painted murals. There’s a museum in the rectory which is worth a tour. Testament to the monastery’s artistic heritage, it was a center for illuminated manuscripts and gold embroidery.

St. Vissarion Monastery (outside Pili Town)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Perched atop Koziakas Mountain, at an altitude of 1665 meters, this 16thC monastery played a vital role in the history of the region. Visit the beautiful monastery to learn more about how this saint helped shape the town. Stroll through the monastic complex to admire the frescos and icons that adorn the church.

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)This is the largest and one of the most spectacular monasteries in Meteora. It stands atop the highest rock pillar, and was founded by St. Athanasios Meteoriti in the early 14thC. King John Paleologos was its co-founder, and became a monk when retreating from secular life. Admire the beautiful architecture, which includes an eerie cellar and impressive balcony. The cellar houses a wonderful folk museum that includes exhibits taken from historical everyday life. Along with the ossuary, explore the main church and its 15th and 16th Century Byzantine frescos and murals. The monastery’s rectory doubles as a museum with artifacts of monastic life and religious relics. Explore the ancient kitchen for a glimpse into the past and into everyday life in this sky-scraping environment.

Clock Tower in Medieval Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

The town’s famous Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1936, but the old-world features that make it a favorite landmark among both locals and visitors will make you a fan. It stands proud in the middle of old and new buildings, and is one of the defining parts of Trikala.

Hatzipetrou Bridge, Neraidochori village
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This beautiful stone bridge blends into the stunning natural surroundings in a way that will make you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. Of course, Neraidochori means Fairy Village, which is an apt description of the beauty of the area.

Konstantio School, Kalabaka town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1850, this is the oldest building in Kalambaka. Take a walk to the area and admire the unique architectural features that give you a taste of what the town looked like in the 19thC. It now houses a public school.

Koursoum Tzami or Osman Sach Mosque, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Currently used as a museum, it’s one of the finest examples of Muslim architecture in the country, and it’s a wonderfully unique venue for a number of cultural activities. Built in the 16th Century by a Turkish prince who sought refuge in Trikala when wounded, it’s a living monument to the hospitality and help the locals bestowed upon him during his recovery.

Matsopoulou Mill, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1884, this mill played a crucial role in the city’s history – present in all facets of industry, its place in the region’s economy was honored by turning it into a municipal arts center that also hosts a movie theater, classrooms for art courses and other cultural activities.
While you take in an art show, admire the mill’s stunning architecture. It’s one of the most unique venues of arts and culture you’ll see.

Meteora, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a network of Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries perched atop a complex of 1000 sandstone boulders, each soaring to 400-meters. Soaring to the sky, these imposing boulders were chosen by the first monks as ideal spiritual locations for monastic cells. Beginning in the 12thC, monks attempted to scale the boulders by pushing logs up against the sides of rock pillars, climbing the logs and then dropping rope ladders down for other monks to join them. To this day, monastic cells dot the sheer face of the rock – evidence of the monks’ determination to worship and meditate as close to God as possible.

Porta Bridge, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built in 1514 by Saint Vissarion, this huge arch bridge is worth a tour. It passes over a roaring river, and was the only way of crossing for centuries. It’s a significant part of the region’s history.

Stone Fountains of Psili Vrisi, Gavriel Vrisi, Iannaki Vrisi, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

These beautiful stone fountains are a wonderful place to take a break, sit down and admire your surroundings. Admire the craftsmanship and the beautiful stone design.

Watermill and Museum, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Dating back to 1665, this old stone watermill is fully functional and has been restored to house a hydroengineering museum to portray the power of this clean source of energy. Rugs and carpets are cleaned in the mill, wheat and corn are ground. Admire the engineering used to perform these everyday tasks, and learn more about Trikala’s industrial past.

Kliafa Museum of History and Culture, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Once a soft-drink manufacturing and bottling company, the factories now house exhibitions featuring household objects, manuscripts, old photos as well as machines and contraptions from the Kliafa factories’ history. Another gallery houses an antique printing press and old issues of Trikala’s newspapers. Admire one of the most extensive collections of soft drink bottle caps and labels from all over the world and a beautiful Children’s library.

Municipal Arts Center, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Located in the Varoussi district, the Arts Center boasts a record of the creative life of a number of Greece’s prominent musicians, including Vasili Tsitsani who is a native of Trikala. You’ll find guitars and bouzoukia (mandolins) used by Tsitsani and others when composing their lyrical hits, as well as handwritten rough drafts of lyrics, poems and letters and other correspondence as well as old records, photos, drawing and newspaper clippings.

Trikala Museum of Folklore, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Natives of Trikala are proud of their illustrious heritage, and this museum in the Cultural Center unveils their history and local customs and lifestyle. Admire beautiful needlework, antique costumes, pottery artifacts, old maps, and domestic objects used by Trikala’s families in the past.

Watermill and Museum, Pili Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Dating back to 1665, this old stone watermill is fully functional and has been restored to house a hydroengineering museum to portray the power of this clean source of energy. Rugs and carpets are cleaned in the mill, wheat and corn are ground. Admire the engineering used to perform these everyday tasks, and learn more about Trikala’s industrial past.

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Agia Triada Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios.
Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore.

It’s open everyday except Thursday.

Asklipion Trikkis Archaeological Park, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Remains of a temple dedicated to Asklipion Trikkis can be found here, and is thought to be a hospital founded by Asklipion.
Other important sites in the park include a building with gorgeous floor mosaics about Amvrosia who was a nurse-nymph and Lykourgos the Thracean King. Admire the Roman baths, as well as the remains of a 10thC Byzantine church.

The archaeological site is accessible after applying permission from the archaeological authorities.

Clock Tower in Medieval Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

The town’s famous Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1936, but the old-world features that make it a favorite landmark among both locals and visitors will make you a fan. It stands proud in the middle of old and new buildings, and is one of the defining parts of Trikala.

Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This Medieval fort/castle is located within the town, next to the neighborhood of Varousi. Founded by the Emperor Justinian in the 6thC, the fort includes the town’s famous Clock Tower which was rebuilt in 1936, as well as the Byzantine Churches of the Transfiguration of the Savior and Archangel Michael.
Explore the area, and get a taste of the town’s Medieval and Byzantine past. Note that the castle consists of three areas, like sections. One of the most beautiful sections is that part that contains the clock tower. Trikala Town’s municipal government landscaped the area and has now turned it into a beautiful park. Lounge on the lawns and take a picnic lunch with you as you eat in the shadow of one of the city’s most important landmarks. After, head to the theater built in the next section. If you’re visiting during the summer, catch a performance here. It’s a unique sight.

Kliafa Museum of History and Culture, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Once a soft-drink manufacturing and bottling company, the factories now house exhibitions featuring household objects, manuscripts, old photos as well as machines and contraptions from the Kliafa factories’ history. Another gallery houses an antique printing press and old issues of Trikala’s newspapers. Admire one of the most extensive collections of soft drink bottle caps and labels from all over the world and a beautiful Children’s library.

Meteora, Kalambaka Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a network of Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries perched atop a complex of 1000 sandstone boulders, each soaring to 400-meters. Soaring to the sky, these imposing boulders were chosen by the first monks as ideal spiritual locations for monastic cells. Beginning in the 12thC, monks attempted to scale the boulders by pushing logs up against the sides of rock pillars, climbing the logs and then dropping rope ladders down for other monks to join them. To this day, monastic cells dot the sheer face of the rock – evidence of the monks’ determination to worship and meditate as close to God as possible.

Municipal Arts Center, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Located in the Varoussi district, the Arts Center boasts a record of the creative life of a number of Greece’s prominent musicians, including Vasili Tsitsani who is a native of Trikala. You’ll find guitars and bouzoukia (mandolins) used by Tsitsani and others when composing their lyrical hits, as well as handwritten rough drafts of lyrics, poems and letters and other correspondence as well as old records, photos, drawing and newspaper clippings.

St. Nikolaos Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Founded in the 1300s, this monastery boasts a beautiful main church that has been decorated in a stunning tradition. The main church is dedicated to St. Nikolaos and was built in 1500. The artwork you can admire in the interior of the church has been credited to Theophanes from Crete.
He is the founder of an entire school of art. If you wander to the upper floors of the monastery, make it a point to admire the chapel of St. Anthony. You’ll see a number of 14thC frescos and murals that are iconic in Byzantine art. Ask to visit the ossuary which is an important part of the monastery’s attractions and is especially interesting in terms of tradition. There are other chapels that are also worth a visit.

Theopetra Cave (near Theopetra village)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Visit this cave not far from Kalambaka to admire footprints made by kids dating from 50000 – 5000 BC. Serving as proof that the area was inhabited from that time, the cave is archaeologically significant. A Paleolithic skeleton was also found here.

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Transfiguration of Christ Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)This is the largest and one of the most spectacular monasteries in Meteora. It stands atop the highest rock pillar, and was founded by St. Athanasios Meteoriti in the early 14thC. King John Paleologos was its co-founder, and became a monk when retreating from secular life. Admire the beautiful architecture, which includes an eerie cellar and impressive balcony. The cellar houses a wonderful folk museum that includes exhibits taken from historical everyday life. Along with the ossuary, explore the main church and its 15th and 16th Century Byzantine frescos and murals. The monastery’s rectory doubles as a museum with artifacts of monastic life and religious relics. Explore the ancient kitchen for a glimpse into the past and into everyday life in this sky-scraping environment.

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