Maria Tsimpoka was born in Sparta, Laconia, Greece.
She started painting at a young age. She studied under painters until Religious Iconography became her main passion. She graduated from the Professional Training Center in Tripoli with her specialty in Iconography.
She owns and maintains an iconography workshop and gallery at Mystras from 2001 to this day. Her works can be found in churches and private collections all around the world.
Αt New Mistras, just bellow the castle, you have the opportunity to see a tradition that goes centuries back in time. At the ‘’Porfyra’’ workshop, we create icons according to the orthodox way, using proper technique and respecting tradition. Explore the world of hagiography and experience the creational process of a traditional icon. There are always available icons for sale in our display, but you can also order an icon of your choice.
At our shop you will also find a diversity of handmade souvenirs, gifts and jewels as well as history books about Mistras and local maps.