Museums in Zagorochoria
The Sarakatsani Shepfold Museum was established in 1995. It is an open-air museum that depicts the life and culture of an old nomadic tribe, the Sarakatsani. It is found close to Tsepelove village, on the slopes of Tumfi mountains.
The Rizarios Centre for Exhibitions is found in Monodendri. It was created in 2001 and it is housed in an old traditional mansion. Close to the exhibition center, there is the Rizarios Handicraft School.
Built in the 17th century by the Paschalis brothers as the center of education, the building has been preserved today and hosts the folklore museum of the village.
The Lazarides Museum of Flora and Fauna is found in Koukouli village, Zagoria. It is dedicated to Kostas Lazarides, an important naturalist who collected 1,240 different species of plants in the Vikos Aoos Gorge. Today, the museum hosts 2,500 dried species of herbs and plants from Epirus. Many of them are known for their healing traits and are used by local people to produce medication.
The museum of traditional jobs is placed in Elafotopos, a village next to Ano Pedina. It is housed in the old Primary School of Elafotopos and its collection was created by its founder, Michalis Oikonomides. It is also known as the folklore museum of the village since Oikonomides provided hundreds of objects not only related to the traditional jobs in Zagoria but also to the everyday life there.
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