Western Pelion. A wonderful trio. Milies, Vyzitsa, Pinakates (book)
Again in Pelion. Now we’ll visit three of the most beautiful villages. You can combine them in a single visit since they are close to each other.
Milies. In the cultural capital of Pelion
We started from Milies (on foot, of course) because we were staying closer to this village.
The view to the gulf of Pagasitikos from the wonderful guesthouse ‘Rastoni’ (Indolence). If you don’t mind the wilderness, we highly recommend it
Milies from ‘Rastoni’
In 1943, the nazis destroyed the village. That’s why it has no old houses. But its inhabitants rebuilt it, fortunately with respect to Pelion’s traditional character.
Milies is the hometown of the Masters of the Nation Anthimos Gazis, Gregorios Konstantas and Daniel Filippides. In 1814 they founded the famous School of Milies. It operated in the place where the high school is today.
It was an important cultural hub and centre of the Greek Revolution of 1821. Moreover, Milies was the first village of Pelion that rebelled.
The school had a famous library. It’s currently housed in a new building of traditional architecture. On its façade, one reads the inscription «Ψυχής Άκος» (healing of the soul), which was at the school’s entrance.
The library of Milies
In the village, there is also the church of the Archangels (Taxiarches). It was renovated in 1741, but it’s unknown when it was built.
The church is a typical example of local traditional architecture. It also has remarkable post-Byzantine frescoes. It’s built in a way that no sound in it is heard outside, because of the interdictions imposed to non-Muslims during the Ottoman domination.
It’s here that the banner of the Revolution in Pelion was raised for the first time.
The Church of the Archangels. The churches dating from the Ottoman domination are low and without a dome, because that was imposed by the conquerors
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