#119 Watermill (Kopani)

Location

The Kopanis mill is located in the Valley Lourou , formerly known as "Xamylia."


Construction Data

It is a traditional stone-built construction, which consists of ground floor and first floor. Interior retains the layout, which is customary of the respective buildings during the preindustrial period. The first level houses utility and storage rooms, while on the first floor is the main area of the building together with the mechanism of the mill. The water was entering with pressure from the basement hanging canal and rotated the horizontal wheel. This channel is built made ?from rectangular plates along its entire length. The rotor consists of ladles (rays) attached to a central vertical axis, the spindle, which rests on the lower end of the thinner (strike or sting) on a wooden beam ,the babo. The number of spoons on the fan varies with the pressure and the amount of water. On the two ends of the babo two wooden levers protrude extending to the floor of the mill. One lever is called Stamatira and serves to stop the mill. The other lever pull is called Sikotira and it is used for the lifting of the grindstone in order for the miller to carve it out whenever it gets smooth from the rubbing.

 

Historical Data

The Kopanis mill was created by John. Ch. Tziaferis and dedicated in 1832 to the church, which received 30 pounds a year.

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The municipality of Dodona is a municipality in the Region of Epirus, which was established by the combination of the pre-existing municipalities of Agios Dimitrios, Dodona, Lakka Souli and Sellon and consists exclusively by villages. A residential complex tissue is spread throughout the region, which is famous for its interesting architectural structure, and for its remarkable natural and architectural monuments.

As for ancient ruins, the greatest are the ancient theater of Dodoneus Zeus and the Oracle, which are known since the Homeric Age. From the Byzantine and post-Byzantine age the monuments that stand out among many are the Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal, the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Serviana, the Church of the Assumption in Ravenna, the Church of St. George in Theriakisi, the monastery of the Birth of Virgin Mary, the ruins of the cell, the old cemetery of the nuns and later the belfry Dramesi and many churches ( church of the Transfiguration in Konstaniani, chapel of St. Nicholas in the village of Doe, the chapel of St. John in the village of Tyria. a.).

Many buildings from the preindustrial period can be seen in the area, which helps you compose the image of the area over time. Such buildings are inns, especially in Kryfovo. Most notable are the Hani of St. Demetrius, the watermill in Copan and the Hani of Simos Papa in Kostaniani. Also, at the village Senico, one can admire the most beautiful bridges in the region which are examples of the traditional architecture.

Also, visitors can be informed about the places of historical-cultural-archeological interest at museums that exist in some villages, such as the Military Headquarters of War Museum in Hani Emin Aga at village Myrodafni, the Outdoor Folk Patridge Museum and the Folklore Museum in the village Poligiros etc.

The exuberant nature of the area, except from giving Dodona a great historical and archaeological interest, also makes Dodona a unique destination for excursions, tours and a series of activities for lovers of alternative tourism. The visitor will be able to enjoy great hiking trails, offered by the massif of Olytsikas, and if you happen to visit the site of Dodona in periods of sporting events you will be able to participate in a mountain race. Also visitors are given a unique opportunity to dive at the Vouliastas lake which is formed by the springs of Louros.