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Kefalonia, an island with a long history

Kefalonia, an island with a long history

Kefalonia has been inhabited in an organized manner since the 10th century B.C. According to the historian Thoukidides, as early as the 5th century B.C. it was divided into four distinct and autonomous states that comprised the "Kefalonian Tetrapolis" (Sami, Krani, Palli, and Pronnoi). The names of the four city-states, according to myth, were derived from the names of mythical Kefalos four sons. Significant findings from archeological excavations in the area prove that it has been inhabited since prehistoric times and that it was an important Mycenaean Center. Excavations to date point to Kefalonia as the undisputable center of the Mycenaean Era in the western island region of Greece. This reasonably associates the island with the ongoing archeological research for the geographical location of Homeric Ithaca. Findings at the Drakena Cave in Poros prove human existence at least 6000 years B.C. and use of the cave as a place of worship.The most significant archeological find however is located at Bortzi near Tzanata village. It is a vaulted tomb of the Mycenaean Era that was excavated by archeologist L. Kolonas in 1992. The tomb has a diameter of 6,80 m. and is the largest and best preserved such tomb in western Greece. The excavation finds include seals, pottery, golden jewelry and copper tools. The discovery of the tomb proves the existence of a significant Mycenaean Center and strengthens the argument that this was the location of Homeric Ithaca. Other significant sites of archeological interest include the Temple of Apollo or Poseidon on the location of St. Georges chapel in Skala dated to the 6th century B.C., and the Roman Villa in Skala with its fabulous mosaic floors. Like the rest of the island, southeastern Kefalonia came to know many conquerors in the course of its history: Romans, Francs, Venetians, Russians, Turks, French, and the British - until 1864 when Kefalonia along with the other Ionian Islands was reunited with Greece.


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Ano Pedina Zagori

Ano Pedina Zagori

Ano Pedina (Upper Soudena) is one of the oldest Zagorohoria villages. It is located 35 kilometers north of Ioannina City and at an altitude of 900 meters. The name probably Soudena is Slavic and means "cool place", possibly because of the cold airstreams coming from the five hills' slope to the village Ano Pedina that is allocated among the hills.The first historical reference to the village is the Chrysovolo (order) in the year of 1362 of the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos III Palaiologos. The upper village area called Machalas has its center in the church of Virgin Mary. Around 1670 was created Under Machalas which is centered in the area of church Metamorphosis. During the late Ottoman Empire the village has the best period as all Zagorohoria villages, because of the autonomy and the famous travel baths of Zagori. The Soudeniotes inhibitants traveled mainly in Wlachia, Istanbul, Minor Asia and Egypt.Moreover Soudena had developed a high spiritual growth, which shows the dozens of floors at the perimeter of the settlement.


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Chios, the island of Greek tradition and local culture

Chios, the island of Greek tradition and local culture

The Town of Chios, which is called "Chora" by the locals, was built in the central east part of the island like all the adjoining in Asia Minor islands. Chios is situated opposite to the peninsula of Erythraia from which is separated with a narrow straight (channel), a position that proves the close connection between Chios and Ionia. Chora is built almost in the center of the east coast and is the most significant harbor in the island. According to archeological finds the island has been inhabited since 6000B.C. Chios town was built by Ions little before 1000 B.C. So, Chora has a history of more than 3000 years time. During this period, Chios enjoyed great prosperity but also a decline. The Town of Chios has a population of about 29000 people and is the largest area of the prefecture, for this reason is considered to be the administrative, spiritual, cultural, educational and business center of Chios prefecture.The harbor is connected coastal with the other two islands of the prefecture, Psara and Inousses, also with the biggest harbors in Athens and Greece generally, and with Turkey. As a result we have a great trading development and frequent journeys and trips both from tourists and residents. Today the Town has kept the basic town planning schedule without big changes during the course of time, with the castle, the harbor, the streets and the settlements. But the destruction of 1822 and the terrible earthquake of 1881, with the general reconstruction in postwar years have ruined the historic architectural physiognomy of the Town. For all its extent, the Town affords a unique opportunity for wandering by feet among the small streets of the settlements and the central arterial roads. In the center of the Town is the famous "Vounaki" square, where the biggest part of the area is taken up by the Public Park. From the center of the square, the "Kenenti" street leads to the official gate of the medieval Castle of Chios. The building of the Castle was at the end of the 10th century and the beginning of 11th in the area of the ancient town and very close to the harbor. By the time the Castle was built and until today is constantly inhabited and has kept the main characteristics of the old castle, narrow streets, many ruins and buildings of various ages.


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Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, Crete - A Sunny Destination

Agios Nikolaos, with its forty years of experience in tourism, is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors. The lake is the most charming place of the city. The legends have Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. It binds to the sea by a narrow channel, while the natural surroundings of red rocks and trees makes it a magnet for visitors. In the small theater of the lake, locals and visitors enjoy interesting artistic events. A stroll through the shops of Agios Nikolaos is an enjoyable experience. In the shops of the city, the visitor can find a selection of traditional Cretan artwork, copies of objects from different archaeological museums, jewelry, embroidery, etc. There are also many weavers, Byzantine icons, jewelry shops, bookstores, cosmopolitan cafes, quaint cafes and bars, favorite hangouts for the local raki. There are countless opportunities for fun at numerous bars and discos in the summer, surrounded by honeysuckle, Christina cinema, or to centers of genuine Cretan feasts are always accompanied with local wine or strong raki. And range of sporting facilities enable athletes, fans and sports enthusiasts, locals and visitors to engage in any sports. Football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, beach volleyball, mini golf, swimming pools ... offer opportunities for exercise and fun.


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Corfu, the island that fascinated poets and kings

Corfu, the island that fascinated poets and kings

The exceptional geographical position of Corfu determined, from the beginning, the role that the island was destined to play. Crossing point and meeting place of ideas and of human coexistence, melting pot of civilizations, managed to fuse together harmoniously the often-contradictory trends and to exhibit a cultural identity quite unique and different from the rest parts of Greece. The coexistance of Romans and Byzantines with locals, enriched with immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, Venice and later France, England, Malta and other Mediterranean countries, fused together with Jews and waves of refugees from the Turk-occupied Greece and Crete (especially after the fall of Candia), makes the city a place of exemplary complexness, the multicultural character of which, is reflected on the arts and the lettered, on the social life of the city and suburbs.The inclination of corfiots to the spectacles, the music and the opera is the result of the living history and coexists with the deepest respect for the national and religious symbols. The western style of the buildings and of the artistic expression, of the customs and the musical tradition constitutes the expression of the cultural osmosis of Corfu with the West. A procedure that, despite the predictions to the opposite, left the Eastern Greek Orthodox Dogma untouched, in times that the Eastern Christianity, in her historical borders, was either savagely oppressed or ceased to exit.


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Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

kalambaka hotels : Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world in order to admire and honour Meteora. If its needed, they stay at Kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a city of rich history and important monuments. The one of the greatest importance is the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the north-eastern part of the city under the very high rock of Aea. The city of Kalampaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly. It is the starting place for those visitors who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos of Hasia, of Koziakas and especially of the Meteora. The city of Kalampaka is the capital of the homonymous province that takes up the north-western part of the prefecture of Trikala. There, one can find nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tourist shops, etc. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion. This is how it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman years because of the great importance of its position. The name Aeginion is witnessed from an enshrined inscription on the wall that is at the eastern part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. At the beginning of the 10th century (901-907) Kalampaka of today is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is reserved until today as a Metropolitan title. Many travellers passed through Kalampaka from the ancient years until today and they refer to it by the name Aeginion or by the name Stagi or by its present name Kalampaka. At the north-eastern part of the city exists the picturesque neighbourhood of Sopotos, under the rock of the Holy Trinity (east) and the rock of Alsos (north). In the city there are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In fact, many of them have admirable hagiographies.The cathedral church of Saint Vissarion is constructed in the honour of Saint Metropolitan of Larissa, who was the founder and the owner of the Monastery of Dusikos. The church has been hagiographied entirely by John Albanis. The Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important and most imposing monument of Kalampaka which constitutes a point of reference and adoration for all the faithful people. Despite the significant efforts that have been materialised, it is obvious the abandonment on behalf of the people in change for the systematic maintenance of the temple and the environmental space, too. Let us hope that UNESCO, the European Community and mostly the Greek state will be interested in the maintenance of this appreciable monument of Orthodoxy before it is too late. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which is found in the old city, was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian "basilica" church. The order (way of building) is "trikliti" (triforium) basilica of mixed type "it has very high and lit the intermediate "klitos" (aisle) of the narthex and the "trivilo". The outer narthex was added in the 16th century. In the southern wall there are surrounded with wall externally a lot of ancient parts of bas-reliefs (rodakes representations wrought in relief, signs, capes etc.), as well as old Christian sculpture with a vine-shoot. From the sculpture decoration of the Byzantine basilica, the oldest is the marble "kivorio" (tomb) of the Holy Altar found in the Sanctuary. Special interest presents the unique in Greece marble pulpit that imposingly is raised at the centre of the intermediate "klitos" in front of the Holy Gate. It has been reconstructed to its biggest part from architectural parts of the old pulpit. The murals of the church are dated from the 12th until the 16th century and are of exceptional interest. A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kiriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete. The most important of the temples portable pictures is the both sides painted picture, which on the one side portrays the Assumption of Virgin Mary and on the order the Christs Crucifixion. The two now separate, pictures after the theft and their restoration are kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora. The wood carved temple of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving and it was created during the 17th century. In a little depth on the front left part of the main temple, part of a mosaic flooring had been revealed. As we enter the temple on the northern wall of the inner narthex they are written, with capital letters writing, the "golden bull" of the Emperor Andronikos c Paleologos 1336 with which the borders of the Bishopric of Stagi are determined and privileges are granted, as well as the "sigilio" (the Patriarchs edict) of the Ecumenical "universal". Patriarch Antonios D 1393 with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagi - that various emperors of Byzantium had granted occasionally are renewed. Impressive and imposing is also the churchs bell tower, found on the northern side of the entrance in the grounds of the church.


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Papigo Zagori

Papigo Zagori

Papigo is one of the villages of the residential, cultural and historical unity of Zagoria. The particular layout, lush vegetation of the region and the unique wilderness of the landscape attract many visitors from Greece and abroad, all year round. Divided into two "neighborhoods", the Big and Small, which is built at the foot of Astraka beneath imposing towers and fabulous Drakolimni, Papigo has a tradition of exceptional hospitality and unique way of maintaining the territorial and cultural organization of local community.


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Kyllini - Destination for Summer Vacations

Kyllini - Destination for Summer Vacations

Kyllini is a famous destination for summer vacations. Hotels and rooms, organized camping, studios, villas and other accommodation in Killini Ilia waiting to accommodate you and offer you the unique Greek hospitality in their rooms and leisure areas.


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