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ZAGORA
Pelion Village of the Apples

 

The village at the northernmost part of Pelion, the largest of them all. The name in Slavonic means "behind the mountain." Thanks to its impregnable position it has always enjoyed freedom and independence. No enemy has set foot in it. That is why it served as the capital village of Pelion and the center of the Greek Enlightenment. It is famous for its contribution to learning, art, education and trade. Its apples have a special aroma and they are exported in great quantities. In the central square called Agios Georgios, there is a small library built in mid-18th century. It houses over 3,000 old volumes, maps and manuscripts dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries and covering virtually all the disciplines and knowledge extant at the time. If one were to consider the perilous journey these books had to make in order to reach their destination in those difficult times then one would be filled with admiration and gratitude for the determination and generosity of the donator.

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