The holy Monastery Iveron in Mount Athos

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Mount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain (Hagion Oros) is Greece’ s Orthodox spiritual centre, a self-governed beautiful region located in the eastern part of Chalkidiki‘ s peninsula. In Athos, the UNESCO World Heritage site, there are 20 monasteries of great spiritual and architectural interest and about 700 houses and cells that accommodate approximately 1,000 monks. The doors of the monasteries open at sunrise and close at sunset. Women and children are not allowed in the entire area, about 335 Km². There is also a limit to the number of visitors per day. 
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The Iveron Monastery is located by the sea, in the northeast side of the peninsula. It was built at the end of the 10th century, in four aisles forming a rectangular shape, thus creating a yard in the middle. Its main church (katholicon) consists of magnificent frescoes of the 16th century. The library contains 2,000 manuscripts and 20,000 books.   
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The most popular treasure in the monastery is the Byzantine icon of Panagia Portaitissa. This icon is considered to be the most miraculous icon in Mount Athos. Its main characteristic is a scar appearing on Virgin Mary’s chin. Apart from the faces of Jesus and Virgin Mary’s, the entire icon in covered by a gold and silver layer. Other treasures of the monastery are the architectural style of the columns in the main church, the wood-carved iconstasis and the silver lamp stand, shaped as a lemon tree. So if our male readers wish to visit and have a free of charge  stay at the monasteries of Mount Athos, make a request at athosreservation@gmail.com. For further information visit their official website agioritikiestia.gr   

The traditional tiny island in Ioannina’s lake Pamvotis

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Ioannina is a city in Northwest Greece, known for its lake Pamvotis and the picturesque island in it, where about 100 families live permanently. The island is accessible by boat from Molos in Ioannina city. There are also guided tours. The route is about 10 minutes long.
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Once you arrive you admire the architectural beauty of its houses and the well maintained gardens. Stroll through the narrow alleys and visit the little shops that sell local traditional folkloric items and silver jewels.
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One of its main characteristics is the Museum of Ali Pasha. You can visit Ali Pasha’s bedroom where the bullets that took his life still lay on the floor. There are also displays of traditional costumes and Ali Pasha’s personal objects and documents.
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Other places on the island that are worth visiting are the Pre-revolutionary Period Museum with a great collection of exhibits from the Ottoman occupation period. You can also visit the 5 monasteries on the island that are of great significance.

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Discovering Symi’s scenic port

 
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  Symi is a mountainous island, part of the Dodecanese Islands. It is known for the finest Neo-classical architecture, its picturesque alleys and the magnificent harbour. An authentic Greek destination where old tradition meets modern travellers.  
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  Examples of the beautiful architecture are the Clock Tower situated at Symi’s port, the Castle at the village’s hill and the peaceful Monastery of Michael Panormitis. 
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Kali Strata is one of the most beautiful alleys of the village. This old pathway starts at Yialos (harbour) and leads up to Chorio (village). As you walk up the 300 plus stairs, you have the chance to admire panoramic views at the sea. Tip: For beach lovers there several quiet bays and beaches to chose from. Some beaches are accessible only by boat. Daily boat trips depart from the harbour.   Find accommodation in Symi with Booking.com

The traditional architecture of the Sarakatsani huts

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Sarakatsani is a minority of nomadic shepherds mainly found in Epirus, Greek Macedonia, Thessaly and Thrace. They used to spend the summer months in the mountains moving to lowland areas for the winter months.    Traditional Sarakatsani settlements were constructed by the women of the community at the location they settled. The houses had a domed hut, branches were used as a frame and the top was covered with a thatch.  
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There were huts for various uses, such as residence for humans, shelter for animals and others for food storage. The typical residential type had shelves in the perimeter and a hearth in the middle.   Some traditional Sarakatsani settlements are open for visitors around Northern Greece. Ask the local tourist information for tours and opening hours. 

Makrinitsa, the Balcony of Pelion

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Makrinitsa village is also known as Pelion‘s Balcony due to its location. This mountainous village’s characteristics are the epitomy of Pelion style architecture: the beautiful cobbled stoned mystical paths, the traditional churches and bridges that send you back in time.   
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Locals successfully managed to preserved its beauty and charm through the years and you are really going to be amazed by the architecture of the stoned built mansions and houses, that look like a piece of art hanging on the mountain.  
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One of the village’s most popular places is the main square. The panoramic views towards the Pagasitic Gulf are just impressive day or night. It is the ideal place to treat yourself with a nice meal or coffee.  Tip: The guesthouses in the village have kept the traditional architecture inside out. Most of them have rooms with fireplaces, and offer breakfast made of local products to make your stay unforgettable. 
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