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The valley of Kalampaka (Kastraki village at the left part of the photo) and at the background the snowed mountains of North Pindos section as you can see them from the Great Meteoron Holy Monastery (located in one of the highest of the Holy Rocks of Meteora).

Some infos about the city:
Kalambaka it is known in all Greece and around the world because of the famous Monasteries that built on the tops of the Meteora rocks , located around the north and east of the town.
Millions of visitors stream into the area from around the world every year to see from near, admire and worshiping . The sojourn in kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a town with rich history and important monument , with the most great of all the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin. The church is located north-east of the town , just at the feet of the great rock called Agia.
The town of Kalampaka it is built at the base of the rocks of Meteora at the left bed river side of Pinios river, just at the point where he enters the Thessalian valley.
The town of Kalampaka is the centre town of an area with very important sightseeing, like that of Aspropotamos (white river) , Chasia, Koziaka mountain and of course Meteora.
The town of Kalambaka is the capital of the homonymous district which occupies the north – west section in the prefecture of Trikala.
The ancient name of the town was Eginio and it is mentioned in the Hellenic and roman period because of the importance of its location.
The name Eginio , witnesses a built in wall sign at the east part of the church of Saint John the Baptist . During the 10th century, beginning 901-907 the today’s town is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is still being used as a metropolitan title.
Many travelers visited Kalampaka during the ancient and the contemporary times, and it is mentioned either as Eginio, or Stagi, or with the today’s name of Kalampaka.
In the north east section of town is the quarter of Sopotos , one of the oldest part of town , very picturesque encircled by the arch of the two great rocks , east by the rock of Holy Trinity and to the north by the greatest and most majestic rock, the rock of Alsos.
In the town there are many small chapels and churches of the after 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 agiografhos Ioannis Albanis.

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