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Zagori, near Ioannina is an area of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two national parks, one including the river Aoos and the Vikos Gorge.
There 45 small villages with some 5,000 people on a steep mountainous area of some 1,000 square kilometers. In the period of Ottoman occupation (1430-1913), due to certain financial privileges, became a centre of commerce, education and religious activity, with many famous people having their origins from there.
Tsepelovo, Built at a height of 1080 meters, stands out in the mountain range of Tymfi. It is the biggest of the 44 villages of Zagori, with 488 inhabitants.
It lies in the middle of the Vikos-Aoos National Park and is 48 km away from Ioannina.
Founded in the 16th century, Tsepelovo became the administrative center of Zagori since the 18th century and reached its peak until the end of the Ottoman occupation (1913). The village was a local trade center, especially because of the trade of timber. In 1820, before the outbreak of the Greek Revolution and the defeat of Ali Pasha, the poet Ioannis Vilaras and the famous Epirote scholar Athanasios Psalidas, came from Ioannina, to prepare the people for the great national revolt. Psalidas also taught for 2 years at the local school.
The traditional stone architecture is dominant in every building, in the village paths, dwellings and churches. The historical church of Agios Nikolaos was renovated at 1753 and decorated with unique wall paintings by exceptional painters of nearby Kapesovo

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