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P10: Panagia Mouchoustiotissa Holy Monastery also known as the Monastery of Plaka in Mouchousti


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To reach our next destination we return to the settlement of Kipseli and continue on to the Raftanaioi settlement which is officially declared as a preserved traditional settlement. On the site of Mouchousti, which is located between the settlement and the Bridge of Plaka, is the Holy Monastery of Panagia Mouchoustiotissa also known as the Monastery of Plaka. The Monastery was run by monks and is also dedicated to the birth of Mary. It is celebrated on September 8th. On this day a feast takes place in the church’s courtyard after the service. In early May, at the same spot, a pie festival takes place. The women in the settlement make traditional pies, all attendees gather and a feast with traditional music and dancing follows. Next to the Monastery we can visit the threshing grounds as well as the chapel of the Prophet Elias which clearly stands out. The chapel is celebrated on July 20th. After the morning service a festival with music and dancing in circles follows. From this point onwards, at an altitude of 1,208 meters, one can admire the magnificent views that stretch over the mountains of Souli, Albania (Nemertsika), the crest of Houliarades and the Amvrakiko Bay. Also noticeable in the settlement is the building created by the Kostoula brothers.

We head to the settlement of Plaka where yet another cultural monument cannot be ignored. The Bridge of Plaka joins the Arachthos River banks and is the largest arched bridge in the Balkans. The Bridge of Plaka was built in 1866 and was designed as well as supervised by Kostas Bekas. It plays an essential role in the local population’s everyday life and also serves as a transport mean. Furthermore the bridge holds a symbolic meaning in the area’s modern history and was especially vital during the occupation and the civil war.