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As with the other Zagori villages, Monodendri enjoyed an extended period of commercial and economic prosperity during the 17th and 18th centuries. There were schools built, churches in the Byzantine style and luxurious stone manors.
Zagoria (or Zagorochoria or Zagorohoria), is a region and a municipality in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, in northwestern Greece. It is an area of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two national parks, one including the river Aoos and the Vikos Gorge, the other around Valia Kalda, to the east of the imposing snow-capped Mt Tymphe. The 45 or so villages of Zagori were interconnected by mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges until modern roads were opened in the 1950s. The stone arched bridges were built by benefactions from expatriate merchants in the 18th century and replaced older wooden bridges.
Monodendri village, Zagorohoria, Epirus, Greece, Europe
Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 14, ISO 400
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