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About the location Gyftokampos

Gyftokampos is a mountainous location in Tymfi at an altitude of 1100-1200 m. and is administratively falling under Skamneli in the of Municipality of Zagori. Although it is uninhabited, it is known for its Sarakatsaniki Stamna, a unique open museum of folklore.

The road leads to 3 of the most remote villages of North Pindos, Vrisochori, Iliochori and Laista.

In the area they have discovered traces of human settlement since prehistoric times. The latest centuries there was no permanent settlement and it was only seasonally inhabited by cattlemen in the summers – something that has just ended in the ’50s.

Local legend tells that during the Turkish occupation there was found a corpse, that of a murdered gypsy peddler. Since they couldn’t find the perpetrator, the residents should be punished with a special tax – but the area was deserted and did not belong to any of the nearby villages. Smartly thinking, the people of Skamneli village quickly collected the tax and paid it to the Ottoman authorities. So Gyftokampos received not only its current name, but it was also given to Skamneli.

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