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Hidden gems of Ioannina

Hidden gems of Ioannina


he fine art of Ioannina’s silversmiths. Handmade jewellery, flatware, trays and ecclesiastical objects all display a standard that comes from generations of experience crafting silver. Silversmiths were among the traditional occupations in Epirus from the 18th century. Ateliers in the Tzoumerka villages of Kalarrytes and Syrrako, as well as Ioannina, produced noted craftsmen whose artistry was prized throughout southern Europe and the Balkans. You’ll find shops on Averoff Street and ateliers and exhibitions at the Centre for Traditional Crafts of Ioannina.

Modern architectural landmarks

The Palace of Justice, the Archaeological Museum (designed by noted Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis) in Litharitsia park, the Military Headquarters of 1879, the Town Hall of 1938, the National Bank of Greece – all are key monuments of latter-day Ioannina. Behind the Military Headquarters is the Cultural Centre Square, where the Veli Mosque stands.

The wonderful museums of Ioannina

These include the Byzantine Museum in Its Kale, the Municipal Folk Art Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Athanasios Vrellis Wax Museum, Ioannina’s answer to London’s Madame Tussauds. It is housed in an imposing building at Bizani, not far from Ioannina.

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