LOCATION & SIGHTS
FOLKLORE MUSEUM OF ART AND LIFE P.KARALI
The Museum of folklore art and life is located in the village of Kypseli, Arta. The collection of items shown is the result of a 30 year old effort from collector P. Karalis and includes countless cultural and utilitarian objects of life in Tzoumerka during the last centuries, such as tools for agricultural and domestic use, weapons and traditional costumes, wood carvings, , embroideries, coins, various professional tools and more.
The historic Evangelistria monastery is located outside the village of Kypseli, Arta. The only thing preserved from the entire monastery is its main stone-built temple, dating back to 1700. Although small in size, the interior is decorated with excellent frescoes of whole saints and religious depictions.
The temple of St. George was established in 1690 and was the main temple of the monastery, which flourished in the 19th century. The wall paintings of the temple were made in 1714 by Kalarrytian painters, arranged in zones. There is a wooden icon in the temple with plant and bird depictions carved on it, which is dated back to the 18th century. Of all the relics of the monastery, the most important is a silver reliquary of 1895. The bed and cells of the monastery were constructed later. The monastery of St. Georgios, played an important role as the revolt of the region was being prepared in 1821, but also covered the religious needs of the people of the area when the Germans burnt the St. Nicholas church.
Notre Vella or Red Church is located outside the Vourgareli village, right next to the main road that leads from Arta to Trikala. It was established in 1281 during the Komninodoukades dynasty by the Tsimiski Brothers. The church is built by the standards of the Byzantine architecture and it is the main temple of the monastery. The temple is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary which is celebrated on September 8.