#132 Monastery of Vella

Location

Near Kalpaki, on a green slope, extends one of the most important monasteries in the region, the Monastery of Vella. Of particular importance is the position which the monastery is located, since it was built on the ruins of the ancient city of the same name.

Construction Data

The monastery is impressive both for its architecture and for its size. This is a sprawling building complex, in which the katholikon and a landscaped patio area to the west stand out.

Architecturally, the Katholikon constitutes a three aisled basilica, which includes the nave and the Sanctuary. Almost all the rooms are decorated with frescoes, among which the depiction of ancient Greek historians and philosophers stands out.

Of particular beauty is the carved, gilded templon, characteristic of the 17th century art.

Historical Data

The monastery has a rich historical and cultural background. Initially, it formed an autonomous diocese until 1834. It then merged with the Archdiocese of Pogoniani. In 1863, it's detached again and remains independent. In 1936, it will be reunited with the Cathedral of Dryinoupoli, Pogoniani and Konitsa. Today the Monastery of Vella belongs to the Metropolis of Ioannina.

The Monastery, distinguished for the momentous educational and cultural project which it performed for centuries. From the 13th to the 17th century, it established a school which among others, taught Religion but also philosophy. The intellectual background the school is also reflected by the interesting frescoes of historians and philosophers in the katholikon of the monastery, a fact that indicates the hierarchy, in turbulent periods, of the historical and philosophical spirit.

The Monastery outside of its great intellectual capital, it also possessed considerable wealth. It was even in possession of a skete, the Transfiguration of Christ Monastery in Rimnicu Sarat of Wallachia. Under contracts, the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ yielded annually a sum of money to Vella.

The continuous presence of the monastery, in the religious and cultural life of the region will be violently interrupted in 1817, when the monks would abandon it, resorting to Corfu, after the dangers faced by Ali Pasha, because of their refusal to the cede the church property.

The disorganized Monastery was attempted to be reconstituted by the Bishop of Vella and Konitsa Spyridon Vlachos, by founding in 1911, the seminary of Vella, which will be attended by candidate primary school teachers and priests, who will work in the surrounding regions. By a Presidential decree in 1977, it was divided in four-class ecclesiastical Lyceum and in three-class Ecclesiastical Pedagogical Academy. The seminary played an active role in the region, being a significant spiritual outlet in troubled times. It operated for 78 years from 1911 until 1989, and ceased its activity only between wars. The educational activity took place initially in the cells of the monastery, whereas during the period of 1928 - 1982, new buildings were erected, in which provision was made to accommodate 200 children.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.

 

 

 

 

 


#133 Monastery of Iakovos

Location

In a hilly area at the foot of a hill, between the villages of Doliana and Parakalamos, lies the monastery of Iakovou

Construction Data

From the small monastery dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, only the katholikon remains today.

It is a single-aisled basilica on the western slope of which stands the traditional loggia.

The interior decoration is limited, while the few frescoes are in poor condition. Among them the depiction of St. Christopher with a dog head stands out. In the interior, the templon of a distinct aesthetic stands out, built by the Taliadoros brothers which hail from Turnovo of Konitsa. Angeliki Hatzimichalis, indicatively reports that: "Its delicate execution follows the austerity and simplicity of the motifs of Byzantine decoration. Although designed in the late 18th century, it's highly reminiscent of the marble reliefs of Agios Vasilios in Arta. (Hadjimichali A.: La sculpture sur bois, p. 116)


Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.



 

 


#134 Sosinos Monastery

Location

In a prominent position on top of Mount Sosinos, near the village of Parakalamos, lies the monastery of Sosinos.


Construction Data

Architecturally, the initial construction except the cells and the auxiliary rooms, included high walls, which formed part of the fortifications of the monastery. Its katholikon, is a cross-in-square church with a dome and consists of the nave, narthex and outer narthex. The nave is dominated by four pillars which support the high dome.

Inside the monastery, the low light and elaborate decoration create an atmosphere of devoutness and religiousness. Much of the interior is full of religious paintings, among which the dedicatory fresco of the narthex stands out, which depicts its founders Ioannis Kondaratos, Emmanuel Kondaratos and Kyritzis Ioannakis who possibly have usurped the title. The monastery also had a rich library with rare manuscripts, portable pictures, vestments and holy vessels, which were indicative of the grandeur which characterized the monastery. Its rare treasure is however not saved, since it was looted and destroyed.

The Monastery of Sosinos is a historical monument (Official Gazette 404/6-7-62. T.v)


Historical Data

Few reports have survived for the initial dating of the monastery, however sources indicate it was built before 1430, but it is known with greater certainty, that was destroyed and rebuilt in 1598 by Ioannis Simotas. The monastery is dedicated to the Annunciation. Its special glamor is due to a series sigilla and Patriarchal decrees, most important being its recognition as Stavropegial in 1598, which strengthen the position of the monastery and increase its privileges. Since 1925, it came under the jurisdiction of the Monastery of Vella and Konitsa.

Apart from its devotional role, the monastery played an important social and educational task, since for 126 years, was the spiritual center of the region, which was not only attended by several students, but great teachers had also taught.

The upward course of the monastery stopped abruptly, with reaching a breaking point in 1955, when its lands were granted to the farmers.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.

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#135 Monastery of Prophet Ilias (Parakalamos)

Location

Over the Paidonia traditional settlement, near the village of Parakalamos, on a rocky hillside lies the monastery of Paidonia.

Construction Data

From the monastery complex of 1732, only the nave survived, as well as ruins of the older infrastructure. The main temple is a small, single-aisled basilica, comprising of the nave and the Sanctuary The interior does not impress, as since the initial hagiography, only a few are preserved in good condition, while the temple has received later additions, such as the eikonostasis.


Historical Data

The present, ruined monastery is nothing reminiscent of its prosperous past, as according to tradition had major real estate lands in possession, and numerous lambs and goats.

According to Aravantinos (Description of Epirus, Part 1, pp. 161,1866), it was founded in 1732, and in 1874 was annexed to the Monastery of Sosinos:

"The small monastery of prophet Ilia, close to Pogdoriani and under the jurisdiction of Sozinos, a building of the past century, raised in the year 1732."

The Monastery of Prophet Elias was a wealthy monastery, with large real estate (60 fields-meadows-vineyards, 727 acres in total) and many goats and sheep, which "in the summer milked on the mountain of Psilotera -above the monastery- and from there the milk was transferred to the monastery by pipes (sougialo)".

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.



 

 


#136 Watermill (Kouklioi)

Location

Built above the fertile valley at the foot of Kasidiaris, at an altitude of 420 m. are the Kouklioi, which are 52 km. far from Ioannina.

Special is the area of tap "Ganatia" where is the community recreation park. Just below the fountain lies the stone built watermill of Koukliioi, to remind the good old times.

Construction Data

The main building of the mill is rectangular, stone built. The roof construction was adapted to the local architecture, ie wooden sloping covering tiles.

The mechanism of a water mill is divided into two parts: the motor which consisted of the impeller with the operating components, and the grinding that included the millstones, again with its accessories. There were auxiliary systems, eg adjustment of grinding stones, transmission and transformation of motion, stoppage etc. which varies from region to region.


Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.

 

 

 


#137 Monastery of Saint Nikolaos (Kouklii)

Location

At the foot of a verdant slope, near the village of Kouklioi, lies the monastery of St. Nicholas.


Construction Data

Inside the monastery stands out, the representation of St. Nicholas, while of interest is the general illustration of the Church, which dates back to 1756. Elaborate is also the carved and gilded templon. The monastery has remarkable relics kept in the church of the Virgin of Koukloi. Saint Nicholas was thought by the villagers to be a miracle worker and not a few are his miracles, which their remembrance is still preserved


Historical Data

According to tradition, in the interior, a crypt led to an underground room which functioned as a "secret school". The monastery consists of a single-aisled basilica and the porch, on the south side of which the Third ode of descents of the Visitation is written misspelled.

"ΤΟ ΣΤΕΡΕΩΜΑ ΤΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΣΟΙ ΠΕΠΟΙθΟΤΩΝ ΣΤΕΡΕΩΣΟΝ ΚΥΡΙΕ ΤΗΝ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΝ, ΗΝ ΕΚΤΗΣΩ ΤΩ ΠΜΙΩ ΣΟΥ ΑΙΜΑΠ".

"ΗΟΥΛΗΟΣ 17-13 Ι ΕΤΟΣ 1756 - ΑΨΝΣΤ"

Of the historic monastery complex, now survives only the katholikon as well as ruins of the auxiliary spaces which served the old monastery.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.


 

 


#138 Saint Nikolaos (Dolo)

Location

In the village of Dolo, within the residential fabric, lies the church of St. Nicholas

Construction Data

The traditional church, was erected in place of an older church, the dating of which is uncertain, but is placed before the 18th century. In the original construction, after 1740, expansion works took place, while its current form was present from 1814. The new church is made of stone and wood and belongs to the post-Byzantine type, as formulated in Epirus. It is a basilica with a dome, which rests on three pillars. Externally, the apsidal loggia is visible, with the pointy edges of the roof.

Internally, the Sanctuary is visible, which stands out from the nave with carved wooden templon, while also features a gynaeceum and an andronitis. The majority of the interior is covered by frescoes, while the temple is adorned with interesting portable pictures, designed by the Dolo-born painter Kouros.

Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.

 

 

 

 


#139 Nanoulos Mill

Location

In Dolo village is one of the most famous bridges in the area. The bridge of Nonoulos, built in 1880, bridges the stream of Kouvaras. Next to the bridge is the traditional watermill of Nonoulo.

The area is easily accessed by a paved path that starts just before the village of Dolo.

 

Construction Data

The watermill is the first machine of production constructed by man using natural, mild and renewable energy. With the power generated by the water fall from above or flow and with the help of the wheel, invention that changed human history, they moved simple and then complex machines, covering most needs of pre-industrial societies.

The watermill of Nonoulos consists of stone built building relatively of small dimensions

The main parts we meet in the watermill are:



The millrace (input)

The Mylovageno

The tornado (Siphon)

The Cross

The Axis

The Impeller

The Millstones

The Skafida

The Alevrothiki

The millrace (- output)

 

Historical Data

The mill and the bridge, owe their name to Nonoulo Galanou, local resident.

The owner of the bridge was a poor woman in the region, which had to pass the often impetuous and dangerous stream from an old wooden bridge over the river, in order to market her products to the neighboring areas. Lady Nonoulo, realizing the hazards of crossing, both for her and for the villagers, decided to collect money -lifetime efforts- to give them for the construction of a new, safer bridge. Lady Nonoulo due to the act stayed in history giving her name to the bridge and to the nearby mill.

Possible creation date of the mill is the same period that the bridge was built, around 1880.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.


 

 


#140 Saint Konstantinos (Vasiliko)

Location

In the position Pyrgos, near the village of Vasiliko, lies the monastery of St. Constantine and Helen.

 

Construction Data

The monastery was originally glebe of the Monastery of Molyvdoskepastos and was established by the monk N. Matsikatis during the second half of the 18th century. According to sources, maintenance works took place during 1883 and 1888. The katholikon of the monastery is built in single-aisled domed basilica style, which includes the narthex, the nave and the sanctuary.

Inside, we come across with frescoes but there are plenty of interesting portable paintings. Unique ornament of the temple is the carved wooden, gilded iconostasis.

Around the Monastery are located, except the katholikon, ruins of a building which probably housed the cells of the monastery, as well as some ancillary facilities.

 

Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.

 

 

 

 


#141 Saint Nikolaos (Pogoniani)

Location

Centrally situated in the settlement of Pogoniani, is located from 1873, the Church of St. Nicholas.


Construction Data

This magnificent temple, which cost 57,000 piastres, a cost shouldered by the local residents, with money they collected from social activities.

It is a large scale three-aisled basilica, which in its eastern section of ends in three semicircular arches.

Internally, it features fifteen domes, which are supported on twelve columns as well as on the internal walls.

 

Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Almost every village has surprises that challenge/cause the visitor to explore them.

Kefalovryso, the old big village of the area develops intense economic activity even today, because, apart from the livestock activities, it hosts the machining factory, the well-known "Metallurgical Industry", in which euro coins have been manufactured.

Dolo is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Since 1978 it is a featured traditional settlement, due to its significant architectural features, which were stockpile.

Apart from people's works, Dolo is also endowed by nature, which gave it a unique landscape that is formed around Kouvaras' ravine.

Palaiopyrgos village has also a strong archaeological interest, as on the banks of Gormos river, in Plasi and Palioura location, the archaeological excavations brought to light two settlements of the early iron age.

Delvinaki has been the historical centre of Pogoni for years.

A village which stands out both for its rare beauty and its architectural heritage is Visani.

In Oreokastro village there are the sources of Glava, from which Gormos River is formed.

One of the most important economic and administrative centres of the region and the headquarters of the municipality of Ano Kalamas is Parakalamos which is located at an altitude of 400 m. and is 45km. away from Ioannina.

A unique natural gem of the area is Zaravina Lake. The Lake is included in the area of the Natura 2000 network, under the name "Mount Douskon, Oraiokastro, Meropi forest, Gormos plain, Lake of Delvinaki (GR 2130010)" band indeed is one of the main reasons for the integration of the region in the European network of protected areas.

In an area of rich vegetation and fascinating nature, there are the ravine and the waterfalls of Kalamas.

One of the most beautiful villages of the region, Pogoniani, stands out both for its natural environment and its cultural contribution.

Built amphitheatrically, near Greek-Albanian borders, lies Staurodromi village. Amongst its buildings, St Ioannis' the Baptist church stands out, which was built in 1183 and is one of the oldest monasteries in Epirus.

Near to the frontier station and to the custom of Kakavia, there is Ktismata village. In the region the stain of the ancient greek culture is evident, because evaluatively, in Ktismata are kept the most important discoveries of Pogoni. There we meet findings of the ancient city "Kastri", which is the second oldest city of Epirus.