Epirus and Thessaly

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  • 1. Dodona


    Vestiges of two of ancient Greece's important cosmological and cultural institutions, divining and drama, are here—you can see the space of...Read More

  • 2. Kastro


    One of Ioannina's main attractions is the Kastro, with massive, fairly intact stone fortress walls that once dropped into the lake on three...Read More

  • 3. Megalo Meteoro

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Superlatives can be trotted out to describe Megalo Meteoro—the loftiest, richest, biggest, and most popular of the monasteries. Founded by St...Read More

  • 4. Tossizza Museum


    For generations the Tossizza family had been one of the most prominent in Metsovo, and to get a sense of how Metsovites lived (and endured the...Read More

  • 5. Agia Paraskevi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The freely accessible 18th-century church of Agia Paraskevi has a flamboyantly decorated altar screen that's worth a peek. Note that July 26...Read More

  • 6. Ali Pasha Museum


    The main attraction on Nissi is the 16th-century Ayios Pandelimonos Monastery, now the Ali Pasha Museum. Ali Pasha was killed here in the monks...Read More

  • 7. Ayia Barbara

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the lowest rock—thought an appropriate tribute to male superiority by the early monks (who first refused to have women in the Meteora)—the...Read More

  • 8. Ayia Triada

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most spectacularly sited of all the Meteora monasteries, Ayia Triada is shouldered high on a rock pinnacle isolated from surrounding cliffs...Read More

  • 9. Ayios Nikolaos Monastery

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Even though Ayios Nikolaos Monastery is the first monastic complex you see and is accessed by a relatively unchallenging path, many travelers...Read More

  • 10. Ayios Nikolaos Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visit a restored 14th-century monastery, about a 30-minute walk (each way) into the valley. Two images of the Pantocrator (Godhead), one in...Read More

  • 11. Ayios Stephanos

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the far end of the eastern sector of the Meteora is Ayios Stephanos, the oldest monastery. According to an inscription that was once on the...Read More

  • 12. Byzantine Museum


    Within the larger citadel is the fortress, called Its Kale by the Turks, where Ali Pasha built his palace; these days the former palace serves...Read More

  • 13. Dormition of the Virgin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Burned by the Germans during World War II, Kalambaka has only one building of interest, the centuries-old cathedral church of the Dormition...Read More

  • 14. Kostas Frontzos Museum of Epirote Folk Art


    In a finely restored Ottoman house, this small museum has a collection of richly embroidered local costumes, rare woven textiles made by the...Read More

  • 15. Monastery of Stratigopoulos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 11th-century Stratigopoulos is set on a grassy knoll at the other side of the village from Agios Nikolaos ton Filanthropinon (signs point...Read More

  • 16. Municipal Museum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The collections in the well-preserved Aslan Mosque, now the Municipal Museum, recall the three communities (Greek, Turkish, and Jewish) that...Read More

  • 17. Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History


    Want to see a tableau of Ali Pasha's legendary murder? Head to this museum to be shocked and amused, by turns, by its collection of historical...Read More

  • 18. Varlaam

    Meteora | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The monastery closest to Megalo Meteoro is the Varlaam, which sits atop a ravine and is reached by a climb of 195 steps. Originally here were...Read More

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