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Kalamata | Hagiography steps & lessons

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3-4 hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

8 people

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"The purpose of hagiography is the reduction, from the perceivable to the imaginable, from the material to the spiritual and from the ephemeral to the eternal. Through hagiography all is depicted not as a sight but as a mystery." said the famous Greek writer and painter "Fotis Kontoglou" Iconography is... More
“The purpose of hagiography is the reduction, from the perceivable to the imaginable, from the material to the spiritual and from the ephemeral to the eternal. Through hagiography all is depicted not as a sight but as a mystery.”
said the famous Greek writer and painter “Fotis Kontoglou”

Iconography is a teaching of a specific expression (“language”) that is the “language” of the Holy Bible. Thus the icon painter must know the hermeneutics of the Church in all the events in order from him to reflect in the painting the theology that is reflected in the “Bible and the Church Fathers”. Hence no one can take and describe the events with his own imagination. You will notice this in the course of our lessons that each line, each expression – many elements are indeed dogmatic – are unchangeable.

In the beginning of hagiography lessons you will visit 2 small byzantine churches. First the cathedral of Kalamata and then the St.Apostles church. “Ipapanti tou Sotiros” is one of the largest cathedrals in Messinia and celebrates its Feast Day on February the 2nd. Built in 1839 and consecrated in 1873, the layout is traditional Byzantine style and inside the church resides the ancient and miraculous icon of Panagia Ipapanti, Protectress of the city of Kalamata.In the centre of the Messenian capital, at 23rd of March Square, the Temple of Saint Apostles is of great historical importance. Built during the Byzantine period, the temple has found a place in history, since it was there on the 23rd of March 1821 where the doxology for the liberation of Kalamata took place. At this first doxology, in a free territory, Th. Kolokotronis, P. Mavromichalis, Papaflessas, Nikitaras and other warriors of the Greek Revolution were present.The church was built in the beginning of the 14th century by Emperor Andronikos. Two very important churches for the town of Kalamata and for Greece.After our first meeting with the Greek Orthodox Byzantine churches then you will start with a thirty minute session that our hagographer expert  will specify as Theology of Icons because Icon Theology is very essential in order to know how to create the holy images. Our hagiographer expert do not simply describe the events and impress them in a subjective manner from his own intellectual and artistic ability and experience.

In this 3-4 hours tour and Hagiography lessons our hagiographer expert will show you the steps and the very basic principles of the icons, to simply remember them, in order to have them in your mind as a general structural element, and on these general principles we will build the further foundations for what is called theology of the icon.

Join us to discover the mystical world of hagiography and explore its steps with guidelines of our expert hagiographer by painting your own icon at the end..

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 75€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 55€/Kid age 8+ for 2 participants.

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 70€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 50€/Kid age 8+ for 5 participants.

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.



  • Learn the steps and the very basic principles of the Byzantine icons of Hagiography.
  • Discover the mystical world of hagiography and explore its steps with guidelines of our expert hagiographer by painting your own icon at the end.
  • Hagiographer specialist for Byzantine icons.
  • Visit two important churches of Kalamata,Ypapanti cathedral and small church of St.Apostles at the beggining of our tour.


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Summary - Activity plan :
Summary - Activity plan :

This tour is available during all seasons and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.

If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Comfortable casual shoes - clothing.
Sunscreen, especially during summer period.
Your inspiration , enthusiasm and smiles.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Meeting point : Ypapanti cathedral at Kalamata.
Start time : 09:00.

Start time can be flexible for private tours and final information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No painting experience required. Light walking is nessecery.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.

Important notice :
Important notice :

For any tour is required a minimoum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..


  • English speaking hagiographer specialist for byzantine icons.
  • All materials for painting of byzantine icons.
  • Snack with soft drinks and water.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Transfer ftom / to your accommodation.
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical sites and museums.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

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I'm not staying in a hotel, what is the closest pick up point?
You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure point (Nedontos 79 str.).
Are you offering special group rates?
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