#153 Misiou Mansion

Location

In Aesop street dominates with its presence, one of the most important 19th century mansions in the city.


Construction Data

The mansion of Misios, a leading specimen of residential construction, brilliantly showcases the local architecture. The house was built in May 1844 on the ruins of an earlier construction. Main materials of the bulky "Π" shaped construction, were wood and stone.

At first glance, notable are the high walls surrounding the building and ensuring security and privacy to its occupants. Crossing the heavy door, we encounter the courtyard of the mansion, where there was a covered well. On the impressive facade, the double staircase with arches and glazing really stand out.

The building is spread over three levels and their pinpointing position is no different from that of most homes of that time. The ground floor houses the utility and storage rooms as well as the rooms of the staff. On the mezzanine floor, workplaces and office owners are situated. At the last level we find the sun terrace and family rooms.

All spaces stand out for their elegance and magnificence. Fireplaces and ceilings with ornate decorations adorn the main rooms of the mansion, while the wood paneling on the walls further enhances the grandeur of the house. The furniture consists of collectible pieces, which the owners have transferred from all around the world.

Highly informative is the description of Ioannite architect Aristotelis Zachos in Epirotica Chronika magazine: "the house in all the areas features especially large cabinets-closets-which are permanent and oftentimes inserted in the walls. The space above the cabinets either stays open or is closed when someone arrives into it through a narrow and upward passage located inside the cabinet and connected to the adjacent room. This space, called "dipaton" (two-storey place), serves as a kind of loft for the stay of women during the receptions and entertainments of men. The virgins and young girls, as known, from their 12th year of age were kept hidden from the eyes of men. Such Interactions and entertainment of men were watched by the girls unseen, through small windows overlooking the room walls or towards the sunny side of the upper gallery. Such a kind of dipata served as galleries were rescued in both Christian and Muslim homes in Ioannina and Epirus in general. Should be noted that the use of these is uncommon in the houses in Macedonia where they are not encountered. "

Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The rich history of Ioannina and the surrounding areas, the findings and historical prints from various periods of history and the priceless natural beauty, will make your visit to the region a unique travel experience. Ideal place to start this is by visiting the Castle of Ioannina. From the monuments of the castle stand out the Soufari Sarai, which housed the School cavalry of Ali Pasha, and of particular value is also the tower of Voimoundou. Continuing our tour, in the southeastern citadel of the castle, the Byzantine Museum can be found. In the north of the Acropolis castle dominates proudly, one of the leading examples of Islamic devotional architecture, the mosque of Aslan Pasha. In the areas of the impressive monument nowadays is housed the Municipal Ethnographic Museum and in the same complex, in the premises of the seminary (theological school), is housed the museum of Ethnography-Folklore, of Fotis Rapakousis. The castle also has many gates, with great history, which you can visit.

Continuing the tour, outside the castle this time, on the banks of the lake Pamvotida, you will find the historic district Tampakika (traditional workshops). With a walk in the neighborhood of the old market, the visitor will find some of the famous mansions that have survived in the city of Ioannina. Although after the Second World War were destroyed much of the mansions, several survived and now host museums, libraries, public services, giving the city a distinctive architectural splendor. Some of these are the mansions of Pyrsinella, Misiou, Despote, Isminis Tzavella. Unique are also the buildings in which are housed the Zosimaia Academy, the Kaplaneio the School, the School of the Georgios Stavros and the Papazogleios Weaving School. Noteworthy are also the clock, the building of the 8th Division, the City Hall, the neoclassical building in the square, the post office, the Music Academy and the old houses in the Castle, Kaloutsiani and in Karavatia. There are also deserted inns, as the ones of Vrosgou,Thanopoulou, Ntanaka, Dodonis, Maneka, Klitsa, Skordou and Moutsiou. In the area of Kaloutsiani stands out the Mosque of Kaloutsiani,"Kanli Cesme".

Visiting the city, one can experience the rich religious tradition, which has endowed the region of Ioannina with important religious sites, the dating of which reaches up to the 12th century., Indicatively are noted the monasteries of Perivleptos (Assumption, 1647), Archimandreio (Assumption, 14th century), St. Catherine (1771) and the churches of St. Athanasius (19th century) cathedral, St. Nicholas Agoras (17th century), St. Marina (19th century), St. Nicholas Kopanon (19th century), etc.

In Ioannina, visitors can tour the exhibits and learn about their history and the history of the city, apart from the Byzantine, Folklore and Ethnographic museum, also, through the Municipal Art Gallery, the Museum of National Resistance, the Wax Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina. On the tour, the visitor must include the Lake Pamvotida and the Islet of Ioannina (with the three famous monasteries of- Filanthropinon, St. Ntiliou and Saint Panteleimon) and the Perama Cave, to have a complete picture of the city of Ioannina and its history.

Outside the city of Ioannina is developed a network of villages and small settlements, which invite the visitorto meet them. Such areas are the Anatoli, Bafra, Bizani, Katsikas, Koutselio, Iliokali, Kastritsa, Loggades, Kryovrysi, and many others.

Ioannina though, apart from the historical-cultural interest, have gained in recent years a loyal audience, tourists that are visiting the area also for the number of sports, outdoor activities that it offers. Trekking and hiking trails, mountain bike (easy and hard routes), and activities on the lake are just some of the activities in which they can be engaged fans of alternative tourism. Also, one of the most adventurous activities is definitely paragliding, which offers the possibility of air navigation in the hills around the lake, giving the opportunity to capture the stunning landscapes from above.

The visitors, finally, in terms of entertainment, can attend theatrical or dance performances at the Cultural Center of Ioannina, while in terms of food and drinks, a place or places can be chosen from the many focal points, from which stand out those that are housed in the arcades of Louli, Liabey and Mparatsa.