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Saint George's Church
Saint George's Church
Saint George's Church
Saint George's Church
Saint George's Church

One of the two parish churches in Arachova, at the highest point in the village at the foot of Parnassos, offers panoramic views of the village reaching as far as the eye can see... To reach the church of Saint George on foot, you will have to walk up the 264 Egarsios steps which start at the traditional cafes just before Lakka Square (in the direction of Delphi).

The church you see today was constructed in 1833 and according to written documents it was built on top of an older church of 1676. It is particularly known as the headquarters of Georgios Karaiskakis during the battle of Arachova in 1826. In fact, it was connected to the events of World War II and this is evident from the old canon and the stronghold in the churchyard, as well as the bullet holes in the north wall of the church.

The paved churchyard is decorated with plates with woven designs by local artisans. The steeples at the entrance to the church are impressive, one of which houses an old bell which is 1.20 meters in diameter and weighs 1 ton.

In the churchyard is the memorial of G. Karaiskakis and here the three day celebration of Saint George (patron saint) takes place, more commonly known as "panigiraki".

Since 2000, following a decision by the Ministry of Culture, the church, churchyard and small church of Saint Spyridon, have been declared a listed historical monument.

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