Kipoi, Ioannina

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Kipoi
Κήποι
Kipi Ioanninon - Το χωριό Κήποι Ζαγορίου (Ιωαννίνων).JPG
Kipoi is located in Greece
Kipoi
Kipoi
Coordinates: 39°51.8′N 20°47.5′E / 39.8633°N 20.7917°E / 39.8633; 20.7917Coordinates: 39°51.8′N 20°47.5′E / 39.8633°N 20.7917°E / 39.8633; 20.7917
Country Greece
Administrative region Epirus
Regional unit Ioannina
Municipality Zagori
Municipal unit Tymfi
Population (2011)[1]
 • Rural 86
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΙΝ

Kipoi (Greek: Κήποι, before 1928: Μπάγια - Bagia[2]) is a village in the region of Zagori. It belongs to the municipal unit of Tymfi, Ioannina regional unit, Greece. The Greek name derives from the many gardens in the surrounding areas (Greek Κήποι=Gardens). The name "Bagia" is Slavic and means "warm (and low) place".[3] The village has the lowest latitude of all Zagori village and is surrounded by rivers. It is built on a rocky hill, in the southern end of Vikos Gorge.

History and Culture[edit]

Plakidas' or Kalogeriko (monk's) bridge .

Kipoi was once the centre of Zagori. After the Balkan Wars and the liberation of Epirus in 1913, the people of Kipi demanded that Kipoi becomes the capital of Zagori, because it is the most central village and because it once was the "capital".[4]

In Kipoi, the traditional architectural style of Epirus is well preserved, with stone built roads and dwellings. The village is surrounded by stone bridges. In the entrance lies Kontodimos bridge, down in the valley, the beautiful Milos bridge connects the village to the old water mill and Petsonis bridge in the exit towards Fragades.

Milos bridge in Kipi village

One can find more bridges on the old paths towards Elati, Dikorfo, Negades and Tsepelovo. Not far from the villages lies a three arched stone bridge, of the 18th century (illustration). The bridge is also a unique tourist attraction of today, on the local road to central Zagori, just out of the village.

Today, the museum of the famous collector Agapios Tolis is located in Kipoi, where more than 40.000 exhibits are included.[5]

External links[edit]

  • [1] Information about Kipoi.
  • [2] Folkloric museum of Agapios Tolis (Greek).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ A.Kathareios (Inspector of the 1st educational region of Epirus) Report of Inspection of Zagorohoria in 1913
  4. ^ A.Kathareios (Inspector of the 1st educational region of Epirus) Report of Inspection of Zagorohoria in 1913
  5. ^ http://www.epirus.com/tolis/