The town of Kalambaka was built at the foot of the Meteora at the left bank of the Pinios river. The town of Kalambaka is the centre of an important sightseeing area : the Aspropotamos (White river), Chasia and Koziaka mountains and of course the Meteora and its monasteries.
During the 10th century, today’s town is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is still being used as a metropolitan title. Many travelers visited Kalambaka during ancient and contemporary times, and it is mentioned either as Eginio, or Stagi, or with the today’s name of Kalambaka .
In the town there are many small chapels and churches of the post-Byzantine era. In many of them you can find significant frescos. The town’s cathedral it is built to honor the local Saint, Agios Vissarios, who was the Bishop of Larissa and the founder of the Dousico’s monastery. The church’s religious paintings are made by the agiographos Ioannis Albanis.
The most important monument of Kalambaka is the Byzantine church of the Assumption of Mary, mother of Christ, at the north part of town under the shadow of magnificent and majestic rocks. The church of trikliti (three) basilica style, features the remaining of very important 12th century frescoes. Other frescoes, dating from the 15th century, were painted by the monk Neofitos, son of Theofanis the Cretan.
One of the major sites in the area of Kalambaka are the Meteora :
The word “Meteora” (meaning “middle of the sky” or “suspended in the air” or even “in the heavens above”) etymologically relate to “meteorite”.
The Meteora region is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece , second only after Mount Athos.
The six monasteries have been built on natural sandstone rock pillars near the plain of the Pineios river.
The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.