Monastery of Dichouni

This unassuming monastery is noteworthy not for any of its physical characteristics or collections, but for one of its monks who attended the monastery during the end of the 16th century.

He went on to become Dionysius II, Bishop of Larissa and lead a series of revolts against the Turks during the early 17th century. During his last failed rebellion, he was captured by the Turks and tortured in the dungeons of Ioannina’s castle. Local folklore claims he was skinned alive and his body was paraded around the streets of Ioannina and from village to village until Constantinople. Every year festivities commemorate his efforts on September 12th, the anniversary of his death.


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