#159 Metropolic Church of Saint Athanasius

Location

The imposing church of Mitropoleos Street, in the form we know it today, started in 1831 and was only completed in 1833.

 

Construction Data

The imposing church of Mitropoleos Street, in the form we know it today, started in 1831 and was only completed in 1833. The worship complex includes, besides the katholikon of the monastery, the spire and some auxiliary spaces.

The main temple is a three-aisled basilica, with double soffits, covered with enclosed arches, and roofed with slate.

In the interior, the elegant decor stands out. The iconographic section of the church was completed in 1835 by hagiographers Constantine and Theodosios, while in 1901 and 1940 two more unsuccessful interventions were made to the hagiography of the church. A monument of particular importance is the wooden iconostasis made by artists Anastasios Skalistis and Constantine's sons, Giannis and Demetrios, which depicts scenes from the natural environment and the New Testament.

 

Historical Data

Ambiguity is covering the date of construction of the cathedral, although scholars place it before the Fall of 1430. With certainty, however, they suggest that the temple predates the revolution of Dionysios Philosophos, after reportedly was saved from the destructive fury of the Pasha. Unfortunately it didn't have the a similar fate in 1820, when it was destroyed by the fire which was caused by Ali Pasha to prevent the advent of the troops of the Sultan.

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.