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Churches and Monasteries

Aside from a few exceptions, the surviving ecclesiastical monuments in the mountains of Tzoumerka were established as early as the 17th century. The area’s troubled history, the repeated arson attacks and destructions on the settlements during raids and armed conflicts are evidence. Throughout the Ottoman period Monasteries in addition to other religious institutions operated as shelters and provided patient care and accommodation for the oppressed.

Their location, architectural type, building materials, workmanship in addition to their iconographic program, icons and detail in the murals demonstrate relationships among locals and stylistic influences within settlements and neighboring areas. The Churches and Monasteries also provide information on the travels of the region’s craftsmen and artists. Among the Monasteries that stand out are those of Kipina and Vyliza Monasteries which are dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There are also The Monastery of Saint Catherine in Katarrakti and the Monastery of Plaka, also known as Mouchoustiou, near the namesake bridge in the community of Raftanaion. One can find remarkable post Byzantine art in protected settlements such as those of Syrrako and Kalarrytes. Some examples include the Church of Saint George, in Syrrako, and Saint Nicholas in Kalarrytes. These two churches are a reference point for all members of the community, whether expatriated or not. One also encounters a number of chapels, built around the settlement. In Matsouki, aside from the Parish Church which is dedicated to Saint Paraskevi, there are five other Churches (e.g. Saint Athanasios, Saint Nicholas, Saint Constantine, Panagia and Saint Theodore). The Monastery of Saint George in Voulgareli and the Holy Monastery of the Presentation of Mary in Melissourgous are equally just as significant.