Photographer's Note

Island of the lake Pamvotida

In the centre of the lake Pamvotida is found its amazing all green islands, which combines the beauty of the natural environment with the rich historical tradition. Its graphic traditional settlement, with the small whitewashed houses, his paved streets and the famous monasteries, give the perfume of older seasons and fascinates the visitor. Here was built at the Later Byzantine Period an important monastic state with monasteries and hermits that are saved until today.

The most famous among them is the Holy Monastery of Saint Nikolaos of Philanthropists that is found in the western side of the island and constitutes one of the more important Byzantine monuments of the country, so much for its age and history, as much as for its priceless artistic value of religious painting. As some relative signs testify, the monastery was founded in the after-Byzantine years and the catholic was renovated in 1291/2 from Michael Philanthropist, priest and butler of the Metropolis of Ioannina and spawn of the aristocratic family of the Philanthropists that were installed in Ioannina from Istanbul, after the conquest in 1204.

Other important monasteries of the island are those of Saint Panteleimonos (in the southern side of which it is found the cell where Ali Pashas was murdered) the Stratigopoulou or Ntiliou, of the Prodromos, of the Eleoussa and the Metamorphosis of the Savior.

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Additional Photos by Aimilios Petrou (aimiliospet) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 162 N: 486] (2355)
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