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Northern Greece Tours: Kozani Prefecture
Kozani, a picturesque town set 710 meters above sea level, is the prefectural capital.
The town has several interesting churches, some with beautiful carved icon-screens, some with lovely frescoes, as well as a few 19th-century mansion houses. Kozani's pride and glory is the Kouventarios Municipal Library, witch contains 69,000 volumes and a large number of manuscripts. Also worth a visit is the Analipsi Monastery, to the north of town, where the hand-woven textiles, rugs and embroideries made by the nuns have won considerable renown.
Those wishing a more traditional atmosphere will want to go to Siatista (28 km. to the southwest) of the slopes of Mt. Siniatsikos (alt 920 m.). Thanks to its fur industry, the town prospered in terms of both commerce and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the churches, schools and mansions built during that era still stand. The interiors of Siatista's houses are beautifully decorated with carved wooden ceilings, stained glass windows and elegant fireplaces.
The market town of Velvendos lays 30 kilometers southeast of Kozani. Surrounded by place and poplar woods, peach and hazelnut orchards it stands near the Aliakmon river. It too has retained many of its old mansions. In addition, many new buildings are designed in the traditional style. Other villages where old Macedonian architecture can be seen and admired are Pentalofos, Katafigi, Vlasti and Tsotili with a picturesque arched bridge. Servia controls the pass over the mountains to Thessaly; here there are a Byzantine fortress and several Byzantine churches with superb frescoes. Finally, at Perdikas, near the town of Ptolemaida, the anthropologist Aris Poulianos discovered the bones of a prehistoric elephant. One of the oldest specimens of the kind ever found in Europe, it lived in the region some three million years ago.
- Kozani Historical and Folk Art Museum
- Kozani Archaeological Collection: in the Municipal
- Siatista Paleontological Museum: in the high school
- Caves - Bridges
- Skotino Cave: with stalactites and stalagmites, near
- the village of Akrini.
- The Sereia bridge: the longest in Greece, 1372 meters.
- Shopping: Furs in Siatista, hand-woven fabrics in Vlasti.
Here are a few of the other Greece Taxi or Bus touring destinations you may choose from
Athens, Cape Sounion, Ancient Corinth, Delphi & Ossios Lukas, Drama, Florina, Greneva, Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kastoria, Kavala, Kozani, Meteora, Mt. Athos, Mycenaea, Naufplion, Olympia, Pella and Vergina, Phillipi & Kavala, Dion & Mt Olympus, Sparta & Mystras, The Mani and Monemvasia, Thessaloniki,