#151 Monastery of Makraleksi

Location

In an inaccessible place, on the foothills of Mt. Mourgana, lies one of the most historic monastic complexes in the area.


Construction Data

The interior consists of the narthex, the nave and the sanctuary. The temple is covered by an octagonal dome, while an atmosphere of devoutness is created by the scant light that enters from the four roof lights of the dome.

The monastery stood out both for its size and for its wealth. Sources mention that it contained 20 cells, where 70 monks lived, and significant were the hectares of land in its possession. Part of its proceeds was given to aid residents, thereby playing a major social role.

The illustration of the monastery, which was completed in 1902, was done by painters Nikolaos and Michael from Linotopi of Kastoria. The rare pictorial work has suffered damages because of time and poor maintenance over the past. Within the monastery, historical, religious heirlooms were kept such as relics of saints, portable paintings and Gospels, which however perished.

Historical Data

The monastery was originally built in the 11th century but was destroyed and rebuilt in 1585. In the form that is found today, is located since 1950, following the damage suffered during the Second World War.

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.