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The Mill of Elves 2014 - 2015

Published on 2014-10-26

Excursion from Pertouli Sli Resort areaFor the 4th consecutive year the "Mill of Elves", in Municipality of Trikala and e-Trikala AE company give their new appointment with the young and old people at the largest Christmas and new year eve theme park in the country to enjoy a special way the celebrations of Christmas and New Year.The "Mill of Elves" year opens its doors on November 28, 2014 and will

Published on 2014-09-16



Archaeological Sites - Churches
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES - CHURCHES -MONASTERIES* Next to the mountain "Giona" there is "Kokkinostefano" that gives the impression of a Byzantine or medieval fortress.* Church of Transfiguration, aisled basilica built on the site homonym oldest church (1863).* Church of Agia Kyriaki* Church of the Assumption
Popular Culture Sights
* Hatzigakis Tower (1841), grandson of Bertha Hatzis (has been restored based on photographs and engravings show the first form). The Hatzigakis was the greatest shepherd of Aspropotamos.* The stone «Gefiri tis grias», which is at the «Faragi tis manas», crossed by a tributary of Achelous and is a remarkable monument of the region as on the bridge there are carved representations of exceptional
Culture Traditional Events
* 6-7 July, festival of Agia Kyriaki* 5-6 August, the Transfiguration* 14-15 August, the Assumption: The celebrations start on church, where are offered rich local dishes (mostly meat, pies, milk), and culminate in a feast, with the participation of bystanders, with traditional folk bands .* June is the beekeepers feast in the church of Agia Kyriaki* May, held every year in the Pertouli fields a large

At an altitude of 1040m., in a panoramic position, is the famous Gardiki, densely populated and the houses literally hanging over the steep ends of Tzoumerka.

The village of Paleochori (Kerasovo) belongs to the same community. Both villages have a population of 200 in the winter, mostly stock-breeders and loggers, rising to 5,000 in the summer. Gardiki is built on the slopes of Mt. Kakarditsa, at a distance of 82 km from Trikala, with a dry and healthy climate. It is surrounded by a 47 million sq.m. fir, ceddar and oak-tree forest, belonging to the community, and watered by the spring of Goura (=Great mouth) in the west.

Gardiki, Giourgia and Paleochori were parts of the kingdom of Athamas in ancient times, the capital being Paleochori, according to tradition. At Rounes there are traces of an ancient settlement, a site where many interesting archeological findings have been excavated in the past.

In the area between Gardiki and Athamania were once the headquarters of Meidanis, the «Kleftis» killed in Gardiki in March of 1700, his head sent to the Sultan as a present.

On the right of Toubana fountain, 300 m over Prophet Elias, lies the ruined chapel of Aghion Anargiron. According to local tradition, every year on the day the chapel celebrated, a dragon snatched a young girl from the feast. The dragon continued to plague the village for years until Panaghia (the Virgin Mary) herself put an end to it, killing the dragon with a huge rock, that can still be seen at the site Tziani. The dragon, trying to escape, pierced the mountain of Pertousa all the way to Armatoliko thus forming Drakotrypa (=dragon's hole). 5 km from Gardiki, near Alexiou Bridge, lies the monastery of Antapodosis Kimiseos tis Theotokon (Assumption of the Virgin) built in 1830 by the Chita brothers, local «Kleftes», and reconstructed in 1842 and 1892. In 1964 it was renovated by the monk loasaf Tsougianis, but today it is unfortunately deserted. It celebrates on August 23rd, with a feast including folk song and dance and "kazanies" offered by the church council.

Notable are the churches of Kimisi tis Theotokou (1700), Aghios Athanasios (1893), Prophet Elias (1913) and the ruined monastery of Aghia Triada (1750) in which some murals are still preserved.

The main event in the village is the four-day feast on August 14-17th in the village square. On August 17th the chorus of the elders, holding candles, sings local folk songs, followed by the re-enactment of a battle, in which the locals who have fought in recent wars partake, holding «glitses» (prodding sticks) and singing the song of the «Eagle's son». The village council offers roast, wine and tsipouro to the elders and the feast, accompanied by a folk music band, goes on till late at night in the village taverns.

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