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Kato Pedina – One of the oldest Zagorochoria

Kato Pedina in Zagorohoria, Epirus is known from the Byzantine Era, being one of the oldest villages of Zagori. It is part of the Natura 2000 network.

As a settlement Kato Pedina is known from the Byzantine Era, being one of the oldest villages of Zagori. The first written mention of the name is found in the chrysobull of Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1321.

In the 1361 chrysobull it is mentioned as a large and rich settlement (Sudena = sudis, cold), which thanks to its fertile plateau and the Kalamas valley (Today Kalpaki) it was the granary of Zagori.

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History and Information

Excavations in the plain of the settlement with its six stone wells and the “royal road” that runs through it, brought to light the ancient graveships of the 1st and 2nd centuries, the findings of which are kept in the archaeological museum of Ioannina. Some time between the 15th and 16th centuries, some of its inhabitants, along with residents from the nearby village (Ano Pedina 1 km), moved from the Ottomans to the Peloponnese. There, in Kalavryta, Achaia, in an area where the relief of the land is similar to their place of origin, they establisedh the Upper and Lower Sudena (today’s name Ano-Kato Lousoi) of the Peloponnese.

Kato Pedina is built amphitheatrically on three hills. It met great development from the late 16th to the middle of the 20th century. At the time, the largest network was built in the area, warehouses and wells were also built, a fan-shaped community network of cobbled paths and paths was constructed and schools and temples were erected in and near the village.

The decline of the settlement began with the end of the war and it was completed in the 1960s. In spite of the adversities, the settlement during the summer months is full of life, preserving its stone-made form with several reconstructed houses, with its very lively traditional main café / restaurant open all year round, with important cultural activities every summer.

What to see in Kato Pedina

The settlement, despite not having the traffic of the other villages, does not cease to be beautiful and in summer it is full of people. Most of the houses are abandoned, but several have been reconstructed.

The square, which is in the center has a very nice cafe/restaurant and in the summer there are cultural events in the village. Also, the organization of artistic events and cultural events such as the week of cinema seminars every June/July (zagoriwood) and the traditional festival on August 29 with a top event in the week of open cinema held in the central square every August also attract visitors.

A summer and beautiful image is also the afternoon ride on the main road between the village and the plain shortly before sunrise. The end is of course to the village square until late hours.

It is worth seeing:

The church of Taxiarches, which has been characterized as one of the 350 best preserved landscapes of Greece, “a special natural beauty”. The temple appears to have been erected for the first time in the 14th century and it was completely restored in 1611/12. Since 1749 it has frescoes with the ancient Greek philosophers, crafted by Anastasios II Kapesovitis.

The church of Agios Athanasios, a three-aisled basilica with a dome with arched galleries on the north and south side and wood-carved icon screen and icons.

The Girls’ Building (Parthenagogeion) (1910).

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