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Theodoriana Village is 82km north of Arta and is built at an altitude of 950m on the southeast side of Tzoumerka. The village is surrounded by forests and nearby, at an altitude of over 1100m, bare landscapes with awe-inspiring mountain peaks reaching the border to the villages situated at the foot of the massif of Tzoumerka. The name derives from the ancient Athamanian city "Theodoria", as shown by the finds of the location "Selio".

The high mountains with lots of snow and forests, such as Siamanta, Elatia, Perdikovrysi and Kapareli, make the region of Theodoriana the richest in water from all over the country. There are the famous waterfalls "SOUDA" of the River White Gura. Passing through a beautiful paved path between trees, visitors can see the amazing spectacle of the two waterfalls that drop water from 28 meters in height and volume 800 cubic meters per hour.

Points of interest is the Church of St. George, which features 17 magnificent domes and a very high steeple with three bells. It was built in 1880 by workmen of Pramanta, while inside it is decorated with carved wooden iconostasis of 1918 from Metsovo artisans.

Furthermore, the Monastery of the Virgin Birth, which was built in 1973 and, since the Turkish occupation, it functioned as a school. During the occupation it turned into a den of patriots, but also a rough surgery and hospitalization. The monastery is decorated with the old wooden temple of St. George, a sample of wood carving art, with carved walnut wood.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds the old water mill in the village, with huge trees and beside the river Goura to hum and the icy waters. The spectacle of the Acheloos gorge and the rich flora with broadleaved trees are a superb spectacle.

You can experience the culture and customs of Tzoumerka at local events such as the local feast of Assumption of the Virgin in the chapel, where the afternoon at 15 and 16 of August the local dance "Diplokangelo" is danced which has its roots in years of Turkish rule. The dancers take turns covering turns across the square, forming two rows in front the women and behind the men.


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Monday, June 24, 2013