Kalarrytes, the cradle of silverware

Stone houses with arched entrances and lithoskepastes roofs, superb examples of genuine Epirus architecture, picturesque streets, fountains and springs are wonderful images encountered who reach Kalarrytes (Kalarites) , the famous village of  Ioannina  with its rich historical heritage.

Built on a rocky slope of Mount Lakmos at an altitude of 1,120, the conservation village experienced during Turkish occupation (especially from the mid-18th to early 19th century) economic and cultural development, with Kalarrytinous engage in  woolen industry  and processing of raw materials derived from animal husbandry. The great craft production of woolen items  even made ​​the village an important export center. During the same period kalarrytinoi traders and merchants managed to establish trading houses in the city of Ioannina and in major European centers.

Also Kalarrytes flourished under the protection of Ali Pasha, the  art of silversmithing , with prominent representatives Athanasios Tsimouris (Tzimouri), Dimitrios brothers and Nicolas Papageorgiou and George Diamantis Bafa. In  Silversmiths workshops  of the village built in the 18th and early 19th century outstanding ecclesiastical  and  secular artwork , while the famous kalarrytinoi craftsmen developed significant activity abroad. From Kalarrytes draws its roots and the  Bulgari family (Bulgaria) , who has created the world famous fashion house.

The beautiful Epirus village decorate the picturesque  square  with the characteristic steps and the  church of St. Nicholas  (1480), with remarkable frescoes and iconostasis.

Separate color in the region give the  river Kalaritikos  the stone bridge, the  impressive landscape  on the way from Kalarites to the monastery Kipina (Mistra) and the  “eagle’s nest” Kipinas in slope above the Kalaritikos. The monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary, but celebrates Friday after Easter (Zoodochos Pigi holiday).

Notably near Kalarrytes is the equally enchanting Syracuse  (both villages are connected and interesting ambulatory path).

From: Patrisnews

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