#74 Bridge at the stream of Agios Georgios


There is a small, arched, stone bridge in the Molydoskepastos village (formerly named Depalitsa). This bridge is located at an altitude of 586 meters and is named "St George's Bridge". The names of the craftsmen that built this bridge are still unknown but we know that it was built in 1808 and the ones that paid for its construction were the inhabitants of Molydoskepastos.

There hasn't been made any attempt for its restoration, so it still is on the losing side of its battle with time. This small stone bridge connects the two banks of the St George stream whose water ends in the Aoos River.

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  The priory of the Assumption of Mary the Lead Covered

The priory of the Assumption of Mary the Lead Covered is located at the foothills of Molydoskepastos village, at the confluence of Aoos River with Sarantaporos River on the ride side of the Molydoskepastos-Konitsa road. The name of the priory comes from the roof it had once which was made from lead. According to the tradition the priory was built by Constantine Pogonato (671-672) who had returned from his campaign to Sicily and it was restored by Emperor Andronicus Palaiologos (1328-1341) and later by the citizens of Pogoniani, who filled its church with icons in 1522. The priory was the seat of the Pogoniani archdiocese from the 12th to the 17th century. A manuscript school was established in the 14th century where priests taught monks and villagers how to write. In July 1943, the priory was bombarded by German soldiers

Molydoskepastos (Depalitsa)

Molydoskepastos village is located on the east slopes of mount Vlahovouni at an altitude difference of 200m from the priory. Molydoskepastos was created at an altitude of 596m near our country's border with Albania and is 72km from Ioannina. Dipalitsa, as it was named in the past, was the travel, economic and administrative hub of the area since ancient times and it has seen many conquerors until it was destroyed by Karamourates in 1657, or according to others, by the first Crusaders. Nowadays, Depalitsa is a quiet and beautiful village surrounded by rich vegetation where you can gaze over the valley of Aoos and Sarantaporos. This beautiful village is inhabited by 50 people in winter and by 200 people during summer. These people are farmers, local alcohol product producers, manufacturers of homemade sweets and some are beekeepers. There aren't any houses of traditional style as in July 1943 all of them were burnt down by the German troops. There are 20 churches around the village: the church of the Holy Trinity (12th century), the church of the Nativity of the Virgin (9th century), the church of St. George, the church of St. Demetrius, the church of Life Giving Source (1604) and the church of the Holy Saviour at the top of the hill (15th century). The church of the Holy Apostles is impressive, too. It was built in a beautiful location above the village where it has an amazing view of Aoos and Sarantaporos. The possible year of its creation is 1537, while there are some reports of it being built in the 13th century. It is the village's central church which earlier, till 1867, was the seat of the archbishop of Pogoniani, being of cruciform with a dome style, with a five sided apse, a narthex, a covered porch and remarkable murals.

You can also spot, there, many derelict watermills of which the latter belongs to the Filiou family and was operated till 1964. There are stone bridges located within the village, at the St. George springs and 100 meters before the monastery, at the Boroya stream. The tap of the St George's springs are located in the basement of the homonymous church. On the 29th and 30th June, to celebrate the Assembly of the Holy Apostles, the village's protectors, a religious and folk festival is being carried out on the St Eustathius square with the participations of music instruments, dance groups etc.

There is, in Molydoskepastos, an agricultural association that produces traditional products such as tsipouro, wine, frumenty and sweets. Every year on the 25th of November, there is a tsipouro festival conducted at the traditional cauldrons of the association. There is a place to sleep over in the village at the Community hostel.

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  Directions: We can find it in the village as we go towards the military guardhouse on the border of Albania.

County: Ioannina

Community: Molydoskepasti

Location: St George

River: St George Stream (Aoos)

Coordinates: N 40° 03΄50, 1΄΄E 020° 34΄09, 8΄΄

Altitude: 586 m.

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