Agios Charalambos

The cemetery church of Agios Charalambos is located at the entrance of the cemetery of Kalamata at short distance to the east of the church of Agios Nicolaos of Ephesians.

The eastern part of the church of Agios Charalambos dates back from the 11th-12th century, according to the Ministry of Culture, a fact that makes it one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Kalamata.

Over the centuries, particularly after the extensive damage that occurred in the post-Byzantine period, the church of Agios Charalambos had taken some interventions with the latest, the western part of the church dating back from the 19th century.

The original church of Agios Charalambos had two floors, an element that according to scholars testifies that it was a cemetery church from the beginning.

The fact that makes different the church of Agios Charalambos is the rich decoration of facades and the use of bottlenecks in the cornices and this element is unique among the temples of Kalamata and rare among monuments of the Peloponnese.

The oldest part of Agios Charalambos is now used as a sanctuary and the temple celebrates on February 10th.

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