Agia Paraskevi of the Dragon

The Byzantine Church of Agia Paraskevi of the Dragon is located in the district of Ambelia, Xerovouni. It was built in the second half of the 11th c. and is a typical architectural example of the pre-Despotate era.

According to the legend, the name of the church derived from the fact that Agia Paraskevi used the cave close by as a refuge, but also as a hiding place from which she killed the dragon that terrified the locals.

THE PLACE HERE INSPIRES AWE TO VISITORS BECAUSE OF ITS ISOLATION AND ITS PARTICULARITY.

The church has a free cruciform shape with a cylinder-like dome and although it does not seem to have any frescoes due to the time it was deserted, it still is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the area, since it bridges the gap between the first examples of Byzantine architecture such as the Panagia Koronisia and the later masterpieces such as Parigoritissa.