MONUMENTS AND MONASTERIES

Nestled in the cove of the Gulf of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea, across from the island of Corfu, sits the coastal city of Igoumenitsa. This large vibrant port city is the gateway between Northern Greece and Western Europe, and is the capital city of the prefecture of Thesprotia.

The city has had many names and incarnations throughout different time periods—from ancient Titani, an important walled town of the Kingdom of Thesprotis during the 4th century BC to Grava during medieval and ottoman times. The city has been demolished by the Romans, liberated during the first Balkan War, destroyed again during World War II, and rebuilt from shambles. Thanks to rapid development in the ‘60s, Igoumenitsa has been transformed from a small seaside village of 500 residents into one of Greece’s most important ports.

Surrounded by pine-topped hills and beautiful beaches, visitors certainly love Igoumenitsa’s signature lush green forests and crystal blue waters. It’s also a lively city with lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Stroll the sandy stretches of Drepanos and Makrygiali. Explore the wonderful sycamore-lined seaside road and lovely park. Get in touch with the city’s ancient past at the castle of Doliani, located near the settlement of Geroplatanos, which dates back to the Classical period.

The archaeological site of Gitani

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The archaeological site of Gitani

The archaeological site of Gitani

On the slope of Vrissela Mountain, you’ll find the ruins of Gitani. Built at the end of 4th century, the city flourished during the Hellenistic period. Almost completely surrounded by water, Gitani feels like an island. Little remains of the luxurious lifestyle its former residents, but within the polygonal walls, you will find remnants of roads, walls of ancient buildings, and an ancient theater, complete with inscribed seats. Excavations have revealed an Ionic porch, a small temple, private houses and public buildings decorated with mosaic floors.

Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa

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Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa

Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa

Discover the rich archaeological past of Thesprotia. Journey from the Middle Palaeolithic (100,000 BC) to the Post Byzantine period (17th century AD), gaining insights on human life throughout these periods—archaeological-historical background, settlements of historical times, public life, private life, and burial customs. Explore a variety of exhibits featuring findings from excavations in the region: metalwork, stonework, architecture, sculpture, pottery, coinage, jewellery, miniature art, glass industry, and organic residues.

The Monastery of Giromeriou

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The Monastery of Giromeriou

The Monastery of Giromeriou

Perched high up on the slopes of the mountains of Epirus, in a serene and tranquil area surrounded by sycamores, the Monastery of Giromeriou has been standing for centuries. Founded in the beginning of the 14th century, a time of prosperity of the Kingdom of Epirus, this important monastic center was in its prime in the middle of the 16th century when it was home to 300 monks. One of the most significant historical monuments in the area, the monastery holds many ecclesiastic heirlooms, valuable articles, documents, and manuscripts.

Igoumenitsa, Greece At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 39°30'3.82"N 20°15'49.66"E
Size: 428.40 KM2 (165.41 MI2)
Population: 25,814
Density: 60 Pop/KM2 (23 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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