Byzantine Churches in Berat Castle

The castle district of the city of Berat is known for its white stone homes and Byzantine churches. I was able to visit most of the churches, some of them with the help of my new Albanian friend, Dino.

My first stop was the Onufri Museum. It’s Albania’s National Iconographic Museum, located in the former Byzantine Church of the Assumption. The last restoration of the church was in 1797 and everything you see inside hasn’t changed much since the 19th century. Above the entrance to the church is an icon and lots of Greek inscriptions. On the inside were plenty of beautiful icons and woodwork. The pulpit, throne and iconostasis were really amazing. Photography wasn’t allowed, but I wish I would’ve snuck a few in. In the adjacent rooms are other icons from around Albania and other ecclesiastical items. Admission was 200 lek at the time of my visit.

Onufri Museum/Assumption Church in Berat, Albania

Onufri Museum/Assumption Church

Onufri Museum/Assumption Church in Berat, Albania

Onufri Museum/Assumption Church

I ended up at a few more churches while wandering through the cobblestone streets. The Church of St. Nicholas and Panagia Vlaherna were right next door to each other. It was at these churches where I met my new Albanian friends and learned of the hospitality of Berat.

Church of St. Nicholas in Berat, Albania

Church of St. Nicholas

Church of Panagia Vlaherna in Berat, Albania

Church of Panagia Vlaherna

Church of Panagia Vlaherna in Berat, Albania

Church of Panagia Vlaherna

Dino led me down a path past the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen was just down the hill. Outside was a bust of Constantine.

Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Berat, Albania

Church of Saints Constantine and Helen

Bust of Constantine in Berat, Albania

Bust of Constantine

From there, we walked to the Holy Trinity church. It’s on the side of a hill overlooking the mountains and the valley below. It’s a really beautiful setting for a church.

Holy Trinity Church in Berat, Albania

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church in Berat, Albania

Holy Trinity Church

After walking through the acropolis, we reached the former Church of St. George. It was made into a restaurant but closed down. Nearby was a lookout point with some of the most breathtaking scenery in Albania.

Church of St. George in Berat, Albania

Church of St. George

On the way back to the square, we passed the Evangelistria Church and the Church of St. Theodore.

Evangelistria Church in Berat, Albania

Evangelistria Church

Church of St. Theodore in Berat, Albania

Church of St. Theodore

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