Landmarks in Magnesia (Pelion)


There are two stone lighthouses on the mainland and three on the Sporades islands (Skopelos, Psathoura and Skiathos). The first, lighthouse of Trikeri was built in the farthest edge of the peninsula of Magnesia, in cape Kavoulia, by the French Company of Ottoman Lighthouses in 1854 with local materials. The nine-meter tower was built in 1918 for operating the rotatating light with petrol. It was supplied with electricity in 1979 and in 1995 it became automatic. The lighthouse of Argironissos which belongs to the Municipality of Pteleos, was built in 1899 on the eastern edge of the island. It operated on petrol initially but during the Second World War it remained closed and started functioning again in 1944. Recently it became automatic, powered by solar energy.
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The once famous steam train of 1895, known as Mountzouris, is up and running once again! Today in goes from Lehonia to the town of Milies and was considered a technical marvel in its days passing over seven stone bridges and one metal bridge. Much of it the supporting infrastructure was designed by Italian engineer Evaristo de Chirico, whose son, Giorgio di Chirico was the famous surrealist painter and often included the train and its stations in his paintings.
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A little village with some 400 residents, Afetes has a great view of the Pegasitic Gulf. Noteworthy are the central square with the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Forerunner) built by Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus, known for its stonemasons. Note the mansions and arched bridges of the area too.
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Anavros Park offers a wonderful walk by the sea featuring an aquarium and many sculptures done by well-known Greek and foreign artists. It emerged from the 1st international Sculpture Meeting in 1988. The nearby stream of Anavros was mentioned in Homer's epic.
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This village boasts haunting neoclassical mansions, as well as the church of the apostles Peter and Paul. It has a great marble belfry, two Russian bells and a Swiss clock, similar to another in Smyrna. The region's bridges are also impressive, in the past accessed by stone paths (Kalderimia).
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Drakeia boasted a school in 1760, and before that residents dealt with sericulture, farming and woodcarving. The slated central square of the village is the oldest in Pelio and hosts the monument in memory of the 114 people from Drakeia that were executed by the Nazi occupation army.
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Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on 'Zagoras ships' across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.
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Only 21 km from Volos, this village offers picturesque houses and mansions. The most important building saved today is the house of Ioannidis built in 1888, considered a work of art with elaborate internal painting on the walls and the ceilings. See also the Monastery of Taxiarchs from 1538.
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In the area of Sipiada, this little town has 1000 people and used to be a trade centre. It played an important role during the Revolution of 1821 and then the German occupation. The bakery shop dates from 1911 and was designed by Evaristo de Chirico.
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Old three-storey manor houses, which are decorated with carven ceilings and doors with colourful loopholes and frescos. The historic manor houses of Vriniotis-Fortounas, Koumpourelos, Kritikos, Vogiatzis and Koutmanis are characterized by carved ceilings, doors and frescoes.
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A picturesque village only 28 km from Volos, Milies has a historic school built in 1770. The words "psychis akos” (cure for the soul) are inscribed over the doorway, reminds us of the building's hisotry. The rich Library of the School had about 10,000 volumes at one time, most of which were lost during distasters.
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A footpath that begins at the central square of the village leads to Agia Kyriaki and guides the visitor to the remains of the old mill. In the central square, note the stone pillar under the plane tree from 1797. Within 10 minutes from Geroplina stands the Trikeri lighthouse.
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Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there's an embossed bust of King George I.
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In Kato Lehonia, the tower Kokosli dating from 1875 is of interest. Visit also the first silk processing factory and the neoclassical mansions of Hatzikyriakis and Kassiopoulos which are of special architectural merit.
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A cobblestone route joins Trikeri with Kottes takes you through olive groves that passes and old water wells. According to the myth, fairies used to live in these wells and the waters were enchanted. Young ladies who looked in there could foresee their fate regarding their future mate.
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