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Region: Ioannina - Central Greece

Ioannina – Central Greece

Myths surround the city of Ioannina. They hover in the mist that often hangs over its lake and the island in its centre. This time, the myths don’t revolve around gods and heroes, but rather historical personalities.

Chief among them is Ali Pasha, the maverick 19th century Turko-Albanian ruler and his court. Intertwined with Ioannina’s history, in this corner of Western Greece, other myths haunt the old, walled district, the Kastro, the citadel of Its Kale, the Byzantine monasteries on the Island and the rich museums.

They are an inseparable part of the city’s life and you will feel their presence even in its green parks, in the little shops on Independence Street, in the groups of lively university students and their hangouts, in the lakeside restaurants, bars and cafes.

You’ll catch glimpses of them in the peerless work of Ioannina’s famed silversmiths. And they may even follow you up to the cave at Perama, the theatre at Dodoni and the Zagorohoria mountain villages. Let yourself be captivated by the legends surrounding this beautiful city in Epirus.

Above all you have to find the hidden gems of Ioannina

Modern architectural landmarks
The Palace of Justice; the Archaeological Museum, designed by noted Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis in Litharitsia park; the Military Headquarters, inaugurated in 1879; the Town Hall of 1938; the Bank of Greece; the National Bank – all are key monuments of latter-day Ioannina. Behind the Military Headquarters is the Cultural Centre Square, where the Veli mosque stands.

The wonderful museums of Ioannina
These include the Byzantine Museum in Its Kale, the Municipal Folk Art Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Athanasios Vrellis Wax Museum, Ioannina’s answer to Madame Tussaude’s and famous throughout Greece. It is housed in an imposing building at Bizani, not far from Ioannina.

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