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P2: The Holy Church of The Presentation of Mary in Syrrako

Reaching the vlachohori (βλαχοχώρι) settlement of Syrrako we encounter another Church here that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This is the Holy Church of The Presentation of Mary. The Church of Saint Nicholas, Patron saint of the settlement is similarly important. The people of Syrrako were familiar with migration and mobility and so also worshiped the Patron Saint of emigrants and sailors. The Church is located at the center of the settlement and was built in the 17th century. The wooden sanctuary which dates back to the year 1900 and the epitaph brought from Russia in the early 20th century (Gold embroidered Russian style epitaph donated to the Church by benefactor Baltatzis from the craftsmen of Metsovo) are remarkable cultural features. There is a spot at the entrance of the settlement that is linked to the experience of migration. Relatives and the whole settlement gathered here to wish farewells to those leaving and give joyous greetings to those returning. At this same spot one also finds the Church of Saint George (founded in 1817).

We can also see the Monastery of the Prophet Elias in Plesia. Today few traces are left of the 32 domes and 20 cells that made up this Monastery. The objects of everyday mountain life exist in two museum collections (i.e. the Kostas Krystalis and Kostas Avdikos collections) and along with well-preserved buildings, the traditional architecture of homes and public spaces, complete the puzzle of this mountainous settlement of shepherds and herds. The settlement of Syrrako responded positively to the process of transition from a local to a commercial economy in the 18th and 19th centuries. Local people proceeded to develop hand-made fabrics, trade local products and promoted these to European countries and the Ottoman Empire.