#110 Pateron Monastery


On the right bank of Kalamas, near the village of Lithino, is built one of the most important monasteries in Epirus.

Construction Data

Architecturally, "... the monastery has been affected by the standards of Agion Oros (Dimitris Kamaroulass, Monasteries of Epirus. Bastas - Plessas, Athens 1996). Its church is a cruciform tetrastyle with lateral semicircular - three sided exterior spaces and a tripartite narthex that is separated from the nave by tribelon and covered in the center by a blank small dome. The middle of the the paved temple is decorated with a large mud-brick circular umbilical. "

The interior of the monastery has paintings of the proportionate old prestige although today they show significant signs of wear. The temple of the monastery is carved, decorated by the painter Zitsaio Demetrius and dates from 1680.

Apart from the main temple, the monastery complex includes ruins of cells, a rainwater tank, part of the fence and crumbling warehouses. Moreover near the Monastery we find numerous caves, which were hermitages, but functioned before the foundation of the monastery.

Historical Data

The Monastery Pateron, built in 1590 and is dedicated to the Assumption. The historic monastery has developed relationships with the other important monastery of the Monastery of Prophet Elias, and as we are informed by Pouqueville, famous for its unsurpassed ability in winemaking.

The sources mentioned to the assets of the monastery, talk about vast tracts of land, while in its possession seems to be a large number of sheep and goat cells. Moreover, the priests of the monastery, at fundraisers conducted in Romania and Russia, managed to raise funds able to establish dependencies of Pateres Monastery in Vlachia, Moldova and Russia.

Noteworthy is certainly the educational and social work, since as we are informed by Oikonomou, the Monastery bought the village of Lithino, which was a Turk's manor , in order to relieve it from the oppressive treatment of the Turkish Aga. Within the monastery schools functioned for a long time. Especially when the number of students increased, the monastery built a new school in Zitsa , the cost of which was covered almost entirely, by the Monastery.

The confiscation of the property in Romania and the mismanagement of the revenues from the monks, brought devastating consequences for the historic monastery. Since 1860, the course of the monastery begins to decline. In 1890 did not have the ability to pay the priest, and in 1910, after the death of the last abbot, the monastery was dissolved.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The area of Zitsa consists of two counties with various environmental and cultural characteristics which makes it interesting as a whole. Beautiful villages exist in almost all the territory of the municipality, which are impressive both for their architecture and urban organization, and also for the activity they have shown throughout the course of their history.

Zitsa has linked its name with its winery and its production of famous wines with a Protected Designation of Origin. Famous wineries, but smaller producers, members of the local cooperative, supplying almost all of the world's with their renowned wines.

In Zitsa the "Vadokeios Library" can be found, which houses over 3,000 books. Moreover in Zitsa we encounter another culture birthplace, the gallery prints, while near the church of St. Nicholas Folklore a museum is open with exhibits that reveal the lifestyle of residents and artistic subtlety of local artists.

South of Zitsa, the village Karitsa exists with an elevation of 580 m. The village is 24 km. from Ioannina. This is one of the most historic villages.

At Lithinos one of the two natural stone bridges of Kalamas exist, the Theogefyro, derived from erosion of rock. Opposite Lithinos is the monastery of Fathers, founded in 1590 and is dedicated to the Assumption.

Within the are of Protopapas the central church, St. Nicholas stands, built in 1808 with the financial support of the villagers and Mukhtar, son of Ali Pasha.

The village Rajko was the historic passage of Kalamas, known for its old bridge, which fell in 1902 Today, some remnants of the Turkish outpost of the bridge exist.

The historic village of Klimatia with origins from ancient times and lead of the municipality of Evrimenon refers to Chrisovoulo (1321) by Andronikos Palaiologos. Near the church of the Virgin Mary, between the river, the village and the pit skinny, there are traces of an ancient castle, at the "Greek Litharia." On top of a small hill northwest of the village is the old monastery of the Transformation of the Savior Veltsistas.

In Paliouri, an old bridge is saved, which dates from 1835 and is located on the River Smolitsa. Also of interest are the churches of Agia Paraskevi, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Panteleimon and St. George. Below the village we find the historic Paliouri monastery, dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos and known for its big festival, which takes place on September 8th.

Kourenta is built on the back of St George over Korakolakkos in a magnificent location, which previously was overgrown by vines.

At an altitude of 770m. In the west of the peak Kasidiari is the village Aetopetra or "Kosoliani" as it is known to the eldest. A passage of great archaeological interest, since the discovery of tombs, ancient coins with the inscription "Apeirotan 'and pottery.

The Vlachatano has four beautiful churches, the town of St. George, St. John, Prophet Elijah and St. Paraskevi, built in 1628 and historiated in 1706.

East of the village Rodotopi, at the foot of the Castri Gardikiou hill, there is one of the most important archaeological sites in the region of Epirus, the Temple of Zeus, which dates from the 4th century BC. The temple was an official sanctuary of the Molossians.

At the western end of Eleousas is the old church of the monastery of St. George, which dates from 1778.