Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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P14: The Holy Church of the Assumption in Elliniko

In the settlement of Elliniko or otherwise known as Louzetsi we can also visit the Church of the Assumption, where the inscription date 1661 appears on its apse. According to the inscription on the Church’s lintel the murals were painted in 1662. The Church’s sanctuary is also remarkable and dates back to 1790.

The settlement also hosts two museums, the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Theodore Papagiannis Museum. The first hosts a remarkable folklore collection of traditional clothing, household objects and home ware, agricultural tools and wood carvings. These items provide us with yet another image of the local population’s daily life. The Museum of Theodore Papagiannis is a museum of sculptures and is very unique to the region. The site depicts the events that determined the history of Epirus and man’s relationship with his region. Through his works, the sculptor invites the visitor to observe and sense the region of Epirus. He makes reference to the everyday activities that were carried out for centuries. We look back to the basic food staples (e.g. bread) and the people that made up this area such as emigrants, intellectuals, benefactors, craftsmen, farmers, animal breeders and of course Epirus’ female figure also known as the mother.

This last stop is the epilogue that completes the cultural and devotional route, one that is saturated with meanings and parallelisms. This route’s central focus is the worship of the Virgin Mary whose figure, past and present, encourages the local people and especially women to overcome difficulties and to support family life. At the end of the route we encounter once more the significance that the Virgin Mary possesses in the area, represented as a mother, religious or real figure. Now we head back to Ioannina.

This cultural route mentally and physically immerses us in time and allows us to roam the mountainous, rugged and unique region of Tzoumerka. It takes two to four days to complete all the while many of the settlements offer facilities for a cozy accommodation as well as local food made with local ingredients.