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Greece - Tegea, Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

The Holy Temple of the Diocese of Tegea - dedicated to the Assumption of Mary - is located at one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The human presence was consistent, there are ancient findings, Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine. Remnants of a middle-ages castle have also survived. Essentially it is an enormous open archaeological site shaded by tall trees in a green park.

The original Byzantine church must have been built in the 11th or 12th century. It was the cathedral of the medieval town of Niklio. The church seems to have been built above the ancient theatre of Tegea, with materials taken both from the theatre and other nearby buildings, such as the early-Christian churches and the medieval wall that used to stand there.

After the decline of Tegea and its destructions by wars and earthquakes, the church remained in ruins until the 19th century. It was restored in the period 1884-1888 based on the study of the Austrian architect Ernst Ziller. Due to this restoration, the upper parts of the monument have been altered.

The church was not signposted and it took some effort to find its location. Unfortunately it turned out to be closed and there was no one who could help us with a key. As a result we were unable to see (and photograph) the interior with the religious paintings.
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87 comments

Nouchetdu38 said:

Lovely church!!!!!! **********************
13 days ago

fifi said:

Impressionnante ! Un château fort ;-))
HFF et bonne fin de semaine.
13 days ago ( translate )

HappySnapper said:

A real European gem Jaap, HFF and a good weekend for you too.
13 days ago

Guydel said:

Belle lumière sur cette superbe église ! Bonne journée Jaap ! Amitiés !
13 days ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

What a marvellous light. Great framing. Happy weekend Jaap
13 days ago

Ulrich John said:

Love this Greek architecture ! This church is beautifully taken. Bonne journée et HFF, Jaap !
13 days ago

John Cass said:

Beautiful image, nicely framed, wonderful PiP's.
13 days ago ( translate )

Beatrice Degan(MARS) said:

beautiful church and greatly impressive photo Jaap!
Have a very nice weekend !
13 days ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Sublime......HFF.
13 days ago

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbe église bien captée !
Bon weekend. Amitiés
13 days ago ( translate )

Guy Bacca said:

Belle église vue sous différents angles ce qui permet d'en apprécier l'architecture...
Bonne fin de semaine
13 days ago ( translate )

Berny said:

a beautiful building!
13 days ago ( translate )

FotoArt said:

HFF und ein wunderbares Sommer-Wochenende.
13 days ago ( translate )

Jean said:

A magnificent building made even more beautiful by the shadows.
13 days ago

michael / nureinmome… said:

it must be beautifully cool inside ....
13 days ago