Vovousa

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Vovousa
Βωβούσα
Location
Vovousa is located in Greece
Vovousa
Vovousa
Coordinates 39°56′N 21°3′E / 39.933°N 21.050°E / 39.933; 21.050Coordinates: 39°56′N 21°3′E / 39.933°N 21.050°E / 39.933; 21.050
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Epirus
Regional unit: Ioannina
Municipality: Zagori
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 179
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Auto: ΙΝ

Vovousa (Greek: Βωβούσα, Aromanian: Baiesa or Baiasa) is a village and a former community in the Ioannina regional unit, Epirus, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zagori, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is one of the original Zagori villages. Population 179 (2001).[3] The name possibly derives from "Voiousa" or "Vovousa" (alternative names for the Aoos river[4]) related to the Greek word "vous" (Greek: ΒOYΣ, adjective BOΪOΣ) for "bull".

Geography[edit]

Vovousa is located on the river Aoos and is one of the easternmost villages of Zagori. It is also located near the National Park of Valia Kalda. The single-arched stone bridge of Misios was built in 1748 with a donation by Alexis Mitsios from Vitsa.[5]

History[edit]

Vovousa was considered among the largest villages in Zagori.[4] After the submission of Zagori to the Turks in 1821, following the fall of Ali Pasha and the Greek War of Independence Vovousa became impoverished due to Albanian raids[citation needed] and was nearly deserted. Most of its inhabitants moved in the 19th century to the vicinity of Serres in Macedonia.[4][page needed] The village was burnt by the Germans on 23 October 1943.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ A. Kathareios (Inspector of the 1st educational region of Epirus) Report of Inspection of Zagorohoria in 1913
  4. ^ a b c Λαμπρίδης Ιωάννης "Ζαγοριακά", Τυπογραφείον Αυγής, Αθήνα, 1870
  5. ^ Βασίλης Μηνακάκης (2006). Ζαγοροχώρια. Explorer. p. 139. "It is also located near the National Park of Valia Kalda. The single-arched stone bridge of Mitsios was built in 1748 with a donation by Alexis Mitsios from Vitsa" 
  6. ^ Βασίλης Μηνακάκης (2006). Ζαγοροχώρια. Explorer. p. 139. "The village was burnt by the Germans in 23 October 1943" 

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