#101 Monastery of Kipina

Location

The Kipina monastery is located near the village Pramanton, Ioannina. We meet it along the way towards Kalarrytes and after passing by the village of Christon, one of the oldest settlements in the region. The Kipina monastery is built in the cavity of a tall cliff and is dedicated to the Assumption.

 

Construction Data

The interior of the monastery is inside an elongated cave and it's an one-room building with a dome with frescoes of the 17th century. The role of the roof plays a solid rock that has been carved with art to form a perfect dome. Unfortunately many times thieves bared the monastery of the holy relics. Nowadays only the church and four cells are saved.

 

Historical Data

The Kipina monastery is located near the village Pramanton, Ioannina. We meet it along the way towards Kalarrytes and after passing by the village of Christon, one of the oldest settlements in the region. The Kipina monastery is built in the cavity of a tall cliff and is dedicated to the Assumption. It was built during Serafim Vizantios in 1212, by Archbishop Gregory. It owes its name to the gardens cultivated by monks. The approach of the monastery is only a small path carved into the rock and a small wooden bridge that used to be mobile. Thanks to its inaccessibility, the monastery is one of the few monasteries in the area not destroyed by barbarian raids.

In one of the cells of the first floor there is a wooden cupboard - door leading to a crypt. During the Ottoman occupation, residents of neighboring villages fled there for safety .

Left of the temple there is a 270 m long cave with stalagmites and stalactites. The cave was explored in 1956 by the speleologist Anna Petrocheilou, but it's not yet open for visitors. At the foot of the monastery there is a spring with plenty of water.

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The "proud Tzoumerka" as mentioned by the folk music tradition, generously offers a plethora of pictures and colors to the visitor. They are characterized by the changes in the landscape and the very tall, snow-capped mountains. They feature un-spoilt natural environment and rich cultural tradition, a variety of historical monuments (archaeological sites, oracles) and museums. The traditional villages, traditions and customs, hospitality, traditional music and gastronomy meet the requirements of even the most demanding visitor.

The region of the Northern Tzoumerka has common historical, social, economic and cultural characteristics, however each village gives its own touch, its own distinctive feature, thus completing the fantastic mosaic called Tzoumerka.

At the villages one can find antiquities (remnants of walls, tombs, etc.), Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments (monasteries, churches), stone bridges (Sopatou (Syrrako bridge) the Filou (Kalarrytes), of Christon (Christs) etc.) houses (eg. Balomenou House in Ampelochori) and pre-industrial buildings (eg. watermill with the fulling and the mantania of Ad. Tsaktsiras in Pramanda). In each region the monastery-churches that stand out are: The Holy Monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Pramanda, the Church of Agia Paraskevi in Ampelochori, the Church Taxiarchis in Petrovouni, the Church of St. Nicholas in Kalentzi, the Monastery of Phaneromeni in Fortosi, the Church of Prophet Ilias in Daphnoula, the churches of Saint Vlassis and Assumption of Mary in Elliniko, the church of Zoodochou Pigi and the Temple of St.. Nicholas in Kalarrites. However there are many more remarkable churches-monasteries to visit.

Tzoumerka, apart from the historical-cultural interest, has obtained in the recent years loyal tourist admirersthatives which visit the area also for the numerous sport and outdoor activities that it offers. Hiking, mountain bike (easy and hard routes), canyoning (in Petrovouni and Paterou canyons), rafting and kayak (in Arachtos Kalarrytikos Aoo) are just some of the activities in which fans of alternative tourism can engage in. In addition, some of the most adventurous activities at the mountain is climbing, rappelling (rappel) and the air passage (flying fox), while alternative tourism companies in the region provide the opportunity to practice archery.



Finally, the area of Tzoumerka has many shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and rooms to let, traditional market, shops selling local products and folk art, covering the requirements of even the most demanding visitor.