#147 Avel Monastery


In a verdant area near the village of Vissani, lies the Abel Monastery.

Construction Data

The monastery in the past was consisted of the katholikon, the bell tower and a building which housed the cells. Also around the monastery, a series of auxiliary spaces developed. The monastery complex was surrounded by high walls.

Today, from with previous installations, only the katholikon and a small building near the church are saved. The katholikon of the monastery is a single-aisled basilica with a dome and a semicircular conch at the north and south sides. Distinctive features include the fortification measures which were provisioned, and include embrasures at the entrance of the church, a wooden bar behind the door and a wooden latch.

Inside the Monastery the narthex, the nave and the sanctuary are present. Virtually the whole of the Temple is adorned with exquisite frescoes, which are preserved in a good condition. The illustration of the church dates back to 1770 while it was assigned to Chioniadites painters Constantinos and Michael. The interesting templon of the monastery is was built later, dating back to 1816 and crafted by the method of "embroidery".

Historical Data

The Historical Monastery is dedicated to the Assumption and is particularly honored by the locals. The monastery has been built at the site where an older monastery was located, the monastery of Yurhan which was also dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin.

Abel Monastery dates back to the 18th century, with 1760 being the most likely date, while renovated in 1776. Originally a male-only monastery, it was later converted into a female-only, until its abandonment in 1912.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.