Stroll around the neighborhoods of Apozari and Doltso
During the Ottoman times, Kastoria attracted a multitude of people from across the Balkans and beyond, resulting in a diverse, multi-ethnic community. As a result, the city plan was radically transformed. The different ethnic communities, Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek and Jewish, became centred around separate neighbourhoods or ‘quarters’. Two old Greek lakeside quarters, the “Doltso” and “Apozari” neighbourhoods, are among the best-preserved and last remaining traditional quarters of the city.
At a very short distance from the lake, right at the south shore, you’ll encounter the old neighbourhood Doltso, a picturesque corner of the town where buildings date back to the 17th and 18th century, when the city’s economy blossomed due to the fur manufacturing and the trade. Lots of Mansions have been converted into museums, such as Neratzi Aivazi mansion that houses the Folk Art Museum, Emmanouil mansion lodges the Costume Museum, Picheon Mansion houses the museum for the Macedonian struggle etc. Numerous byzantine chapels are next to the big mansions, while walking on the narrow cobblestone streets, you will feel like walking on the paths of the history of the 1th century.
Second oldest neighbourhood with an aristocratic allure is Apozari; you will absolutely fall in love with the byzantine churches and the beautiful mansions, which are typical examples of Macedonian architecture, with original decorative motifs and elements. Tsiatsiapa mansion is a typical example at this neighborhood, open to the public. More mansions are in the process of restoration. This neighborhood is less vibrant than Doltso and is the starting or ending point for Prophitis Ilias walking route. Doltso and Apozari are the two ends for the "Lake's round" route, or Giros tis Limnis in Greek. A route by the lake, under the plane trees of aprox 8km, with Mavriotisa Byzantine Monastery to be in the middle of the way.
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