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NOMOS KASTORIAS - KASTORIA Kastoria


This description provides information of ancient sites, seaside resorts, churches, monasteries, landscapes and small towns and villages. Additional details can be found in various books printed on Greece, such as the 'Blue Guide to Greece.' The names of places conform to the accented Greek pronounciation which would be the one a traveller would face upon a potential visit.

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Nomos Kastorias
This Canton is found in the North western part of Greece bordering with Albania. The capital of the region, Kastoriá, is built on a small promontory in the Orestiáda lake. Famous for its production of furs which are exported around the world (it is big business run by Greeks in Frankfurt, Germany), it is called one of the most beautiful Greek towns.

In neolithic times, Kastoria was founded by ancient Macedonians and was such named after Kástora, the son of Zeus (called Thías in Greek). In Byzantian times, the town was fortified by emperor Justinian. Later, the town saw its peak only to be captured subsequently by the many occupying forces. In the second world war, Kastoriá was the base for attacks upon the invading Italian army and the center for the last battles in Greece's civil war. Kastoriá was libarated on November 11th, 1912.

Transport
By air, there are daily flights with Olympic Airways (01/966-6666) while by bus there are two daily buses from Athens (10 hour, info 01/5129308) and five from Thesaloniki (info:031/522162). Local bus transport links Kastoriá with Edessa, Kozani, Amyntaio, Florina, Larisa and Ioannina.

KASTORIA
Kastoria is a wonderful place to visit, walk the narrow streets and enjoy the picturesque location. Be aware that it gets pretty damp in the winter and dress accordingly. The town has more than 70 (!) churches, as well as great folk homes well worth seeing. A folk museum and a Byzantian museum add additional interest. The lake front is similar to the one in Ioannina, full of Plane trees. Nearby there is an unexplored cave, called the "cave of the Dragon." If you do want to explore it, be ceraful and ensure you have supplies and outside contact. There are lakes and huge caverns inside.

Argos Orestikó
Alexander the Great, 0467/42221
Kastoriá
Ksenía du lac, 0467/22565
Maria, 0467/74696Tsamis, 0467/85334
Acropolis, 0467/22537
Anesis, 0467/83908
Evropa, 046723826
Kastoria, 0467/29453
Keletron, 0467/22676
Orestion, 0467/22257
Petra, 0467/80702
Palladion, 0467/22493
Korisos
Giorgio, 0467/51209
Achilleon, 0467/51229
Mavrohóri
0467/85510

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