#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.