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METSOVO

Metsovo is one from the most picturesque traditional cities of Greece. It is built amphitheatrically in an altitude of 1.156 m. and it is located in one of the taller mountain tops of Pindos, in the verge of the boundaries of Epirus , Thessaly and Western Macedonia. It is the capital of the homonym province with a population of about 6.000 residents.

Metsovo is reported for the first time in 1380 a.C. at the time of Proklos and Komninos. In the beginning it was a small settlement of shepherds. Later, because of its important geographic place it enjoyed particular preferential treatment, that contributed to its survival and accelerated the rhythms of the multifarious growth in some difficult times.

It is reported that in 1430 a.C. privileges were granted to the Metsovians by the Sultan Mourat the 2nd as a reward for the good behaviour of the Metsovians guardians to the Turkish troops of Sinan, that was directed to Giannina. In 1659 we have a renewal of these privileges from the Sultan Mehmet the 4th. Based on these privileges, Metsovo and the villages aroumd Malakasi, Milia, Anilio, Votonosi, Old Koutsoufliani (Platanistos) and Derventista (Anthoxori) constituted a species of federation, a autonomous democratic state in the Ottoman Empire. The privileges of Metsovo were suppressed in 1795 from the centralized state of Ali Pasha. An exception constituted the Patriarch Exarhia, which was maintained up to 1924. In 1700 a.C. it was founded in Metsovo a private Greek school, that was elected one of the more important centres of education, where the most famous schoolteachers of that time were teaching. Metsovo suffered a big destruction on the 27th of March of 1854 from the Turkish troops of Avdi Pasha. It is about the famous “Destruction of Grivas”.

The progress that was made in Metsovo after the destruction of Grivas is owed to the lots of benefactors that the city elected, who with the rich bequests that gave, they supported it economically.

Metsovo was released from the Turkish Balance on the 31st of October of 1912 from the forces of regular Greek army, Cretes volunteers and the Ipeirots volunteers.

A fact of decisive importance for the modern economic and cultural growth of Metsovo constitutes the Institution of Byron Micheal Tositsas, that he created in 1948, with the incitement and encouragement of Evangelos Averof Tositsas.

In the big men of Metsovo are included: the Metsovian Nikolaos (+ 17 May 1617), the Teachers of the Gender Nikolaos Tsartsoulis, Parthenios Katsioulis, Dimitrios Vardakas, Trifon the munch, Adam Tsapekos, the National Benefactors George Averof, Nikolaos Stournaras, Micheal Tositsas, Triantafillos Tsoumakas, Dominical Flokas, Byron Micheal Tositsas, the National fighters Dimitrios Ipatros, Anastasios Manakis, Ioannis Gadelos, Apostle Hatzis, Dimitrios Zamanis and the politician and Benefactor Evangelos Averof Tositsas.

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