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we had been in Ioanina - 2 couples - last summer' on our way to tour north Greece.
in the evening we made a tour in the center, near the lake; and we entered the old castle - this not a ujual castle - it...More
We had a morning exploring the world beyond the castle walls. I enjoyed the Aslan Pasha mosque and the wonderful view iver the lake and then the Ali Pasha one on the other acropolis. Some Ottoman areas/buildings are derelict. Then there are modern houses with...More
Difficult not to feel anguished in Ioannina, a place which has witnessed so many attacks and horrors. The castle is a must if you cross the city, although the museum there is not one of the most interesting you will see in Greece. The walls...More
Wonderfully restored/maintained Byzantine/Ottoman fortification. Lovely alleys, flowers and gardens, terraces and labyrinth passages leading to the Municipal Museum and the Ic Kale castle areas (where the Byzantine Museum is located).
The castle is a fortified town with an inner castle (around the Fetinhe Mosque). The main area is very much inhabited, with a maze of little streets. It is free to enter and, in June, did not seem at all touristy.
Entering one of the gates transfers us in romantic time & space, though this an opinion by modern tourists and it surely deviates from the impression of the real inhabitants in earlier cruel ages. Ali Pasha, the Albanian local ruler, sealed the place by his...More
It looks like a much smaller scale of the buildings in Gjirokastra, Albania. I could imagine that they are both constructed or maintained under the regime of Ottoman empire therefore similar in style. However, I visited Gjirokastra first so this castle is quite less impressed...More
Unfortunately only very few owners have kept the old architecture alive.
Having recently been to Rhodes, I was expecting to see a lot of 19th century architecture within walls. Instead, most buildings have been replaced by square/bland buildings...
Quite a disappointment!
An historical place with easy access to every visitor of the town of Ioannina. A long walk in the castle takes you back through the different times of the history of the town, especially the period of ottoman empire and the years of Ali Pasha....More