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Molista (Mesaria)

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Molista (previously called Mesaria) is built at an altitude of 840 m. on the slopes of Smolikas. It is located 22 km away from Konitsa and it is considered to be one of the three villages classified as “Stone Villages“. The other two are the Ganadio and Monastiri.

History and Information

Up to the present day the year that the village was created is still not known. Findings from the area assumed that the village is 3000 years old. From the same findings it is speculated that the first inhabitants of the village were Molossoi (ancient Greek tribe that settled in Epirus during Mycenaean years).

Other versions speak of habitation of village in Byzantine times and the 17th century. As for the name of the village, it is said that it comes from Molossia (ancient country of Epirus) while other versions suggest that the name is of Albanian or Slav origin.
Oral tradition says that the residents of Molista are Hellenized Vlach populations that had their origin in Skamneli of Zagoria from where they were driven away by a Pasha in the 17th century.

In Molista, like in all Mastorochoria, the prime occupations of men were those of the stone masons and merchants while immigration was compulsory mainly towards Romania and Egypt.

The economy of the village was relatively self-sufficient. The local crop and animal production of products was intended exclusively for home consumption. Before the war the production of wine and raki was equivalent of money and exchangable with other food products such as olive oil. These jobs were done mostly by the female population of the village who also took care of the household while men were absent from home.

It was a closed society with strict customs in all its manifestations: discipline to parents, respect for older people. The houses were built with dark mountain stones next to each other and courtyards were enclosed by high walls, to scare away the thieves.


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