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Vovousa: the hidden mountain village in Epirus

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Vovousa is a village and a former community in the Ioannina regional unit, Epirus, Greece. It is part of the municipality Zagori, which has an area of 51.029 km2.

Vovousa is one of the original Zagori villages, with a population of 115 (2011). It is located on the river Aoos and is one of the easternmost villages of Zagori. It is also located near the National Park of Valia Kalda. The single-arched stone bridge of Misios was built in 1748 with a donation by Alexis Mitsios from Vitsa.

Vovousa was considered among the largest villages in Zagori. Most of its inhabitants moved in the 19th century to the vicinity of Serres in Macedonia. The village was burnt by the Germans on 23 October 1943, but has been rebuilt ever since.

In the middle of the village, there is a single arched stone bridge that connects the two banks and neighborhoods of the village. It was built in 1748 by Alexios Misios and has been recognized as a newer archaeological monument. Don't miss the churches of Agios Georgios (built in 1814), Agia Paraskevi (where the divine service is held every July 26), the traditional three-day festival of Vovousa and Panagia, and the small Puntika Aspropotamos Bridge (Aroulou albou in Vlach).

Until the 1970s, Vovousa was included in the category of settlements where their inhabitants distinguished themselves for their high-level knowledge or understanding of the Vlach language. The village preserves Vlach customs, dances and clothing. It is one of the entrances to the Valia Kalda National Park.

(source: wikipedia)

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