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Photographer's Note

As I have written before, Kastoria is an "open air" Byzantine museum, with 75 byzantine and post-Byzantine churches and more than 3.700 square meters of byzantine frescos covering a period of about 7 centuries.

You can see the interior of some of those churches, but to do so, first you have to go to the Byzantine Museum, located at the top of the old Byzantine Acropolis (where you can also see a very rare collection of portable icons, and the process of restoration) and ask for the escort of one of guards of the museum. They will open you the doors of some of the most important churches of the town, among them:
-Panagia Kumbelidiki
-Aghios Nikolaos Kasnitzi
-Taxiarxis Mitropoleos
-Aghios Stefanos
-Aghioi Anargyroi

You can also visit the Panagia Mavriotissa Monastery, on the beautiful lakeside road ( CHECK HERE ), where you can also see some magnificent frescos.

The most "famous" among the churches of Kastoria is, Panagia Kumbelidiki (10th- 11th century), for two main reasons. First, because, unlike the majority of the byzantine churches of Kastoria, this one has a dome, and that's exactly where its name comes from. It was given to the church during the Ottoman era, because in turkish "Kumbes" or "Kubes", means "Dome" (I hope that anyone of my Turks friends will correct me if I am wrong).

The second reason is that inside you will see one of the most rare (if not unique) frescoes in the whole Orthodox world. It's the fresco of the Holy Trinity, that you see on the upper part of my photo. And why is it so rare? Because in Orthodox iconography, God is never (or rarely) depicted, because noone has seen God!

*I had many problems taking permission to photograph the interiors. I would like to thank the Mayor of Kastoria, Mr. Ioannis Tsamisis, for his valuable help!

*I also had many problems in reducing the original file to the needs of TE, that's why the quality isn't the best possible

*** WS 1 : A "close up" of the rare fresco.***

*** WS 2: External view of Panagia Kumbelidiki.***

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