#97 Kristallis' Residence

Location

Syrrako (or Sirako) is a village of the prefecture of Ioannina that belongs administratively to the Municipality of Voreia Tzoumerka. It is built in a slope of the Mountain Lakmos, at an altitude of 1.150 meters. Syrrako stands above the ravine of the river Chrousia, a tributary of Kalarrytikos and opposed to it are Tzoumerka. The residence of the poet Kostas Krystallis is located to the center of the traditional settlement.


Construction Data

In the house that Kostas Krystallis grew up is housed the Folklore Museum and the Library, where can someone see the objects of the Family of Krystallidon and also exhibits and donations of other people from Syrrako.

The manor of the poet Kostas Krystallis consists of a bottom and a first floor. The residence has an ornate stone structure, small windows and notable edges. In the stone yard of the manor, which is developed in stiles, there is the poet's bust.


Historical Data

The village Syrrako is one of the most historical villages of the prefecture of Ioannina and of all Epirus. It was inhabited before the 15th century by Vlachs. During the Ottoman ruling after 1480 was the capital of the federation, which consisted of 42 villages. Administratively, it was under the Sultan and so it had a preferential treatment, a fact that allowed it to flourish economically, mostly due to the trade, the production of woolen fabrics and products for meat processing. Syrrako together with Kalarrytes were the only villages of Epirus that took part in the Greek Revolution of 1821, with 720 families and 3.500 villagers. The Turks burned down the settlement (10/7/1821). The villagers left in order to save themselves. They returned in 1825, built once again the destroyed by the Turks village. The years that followed the region began to flourish again. Its declination, in the early of the 20th century, is due to the subsidence of the demand for woolen fabrics. In the census of 1913, Syrrako numbered 3.500 residents. The independence of the area was won on 23/11/1919.

 

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.