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Ioannina and Island of Lake Pamvotis as viewed from my homeland village Ligiades. The view to Lake Pamvotis and the city of Ioannina is panoramic from this location and literally enjoyable for the visitor. The village is built at an altitude of 940 meters above sea level, on the mountainside of Mitsikeli.

See my yesterday photo Night View from Ligiades

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Ioannina
Built at the edges of Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina is a beautiful traditional town that combines in a unique way the historical memories with the reality of a contemporary town. It is the town of legend, tradition and silver makers. In the green waters of the Lake, the legendary tales of Ali- Pasha and Kira-Frosini take life, while in the traditional alleyways of the Castle the memories of Byzantine past and yesterday's history are dominant.
The town is first mentioned in the 9th C as episcopacy yet again others believe that it was founded by Emperor Ioustinianos. In the 13th C it was an important town of Epirus domain and had flourished economically, that situation prevailed over the next centuries. In 1430 the town was surrendered to the Turks under an agreement.By the end of 19th century, beginning of 20th, the town became the capital centre of Ali Pasha domain, his period of legacy coincides with the biggest economic and cultural flourishing of the area. Treasures of the town's history which appeal to the visitors are its monuments: The Castle,the island's Monasteries with wonderful wall paintings, the Turkish church, old wealthy houses, the Jewish Synagogue.

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Ioannina Island
The island of Pamvotis Lake is today one of the most picturesque sites in Ioannina combining natural beauty with rich historical tradition. It was a big religious and monastic centre during late Byzantine times and Turkish occupation, a fact manifested today by the monastery's great artistic and historical value.

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