#161 Mosque of Aslan Pasha

Location

On the northern Acropolis of the castle, in the area named "Goulas", where the church of St. John the Baptist was located, one of the leading examples of Islamic devotional architecture haughtily dominates.

Construction Data

Inside, as we are informed by Sot. Zoumbos, it features the central hall with an area of 10x10 and a height of 12 meters, ending up in conches, where its dome rests.

The impressive Mosque is distinguished for both its striking exterior, as well its elegant interior. Inside the mosque, we note the rich interior decoration, which includes painting and sculptural representations, excerpts of the Koran, while at a central spot the names of the first caliphs and sultans of Islam were written.

Predominating colors are green hues which refer to Islam. Impressive also is the high number of windows of the ambulatories, which had crystal glazing while there are reports that point to the pompousness of the carpets of the mosque.

Historical Data

The Aslan Pasha Mosque, built in the 17th century, impresses for its fine lines and lighthearted style. The 12m high edifice was erected by Aslan Pasha as a symbol of dominance by the Turkish authorities against the Greek rebels led by Dionysios Philosophos. The unfortunate rebellion had devastating consequences for the Greeks, as many Christian monuments were destroyed and much of the population was slaughtered.

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.