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Get to know the city of Kastoria

The lake of Kastoria is the most precious treasure of the town. It is a jewel that both the visitors and the inhabitants can enjoy, as a place of recreation and as a stimulus for romanticism and reminiscence.

 At the lakeshore there are enough squares and parks. In these specially formulated spaces, the visitor has the possibility to walk on the stone pavements and to admire the unique natural beauty of the lake at all seasons.

Lake Orestida of Kastoria is considered morphologically the most beautiful lake of Greece and has been announced a "Monument of Natural Beauty " by the Ministry of Culture.
The lavishly decorated houses in Kastoria, which were built by wealthy merchants from the late 17th into the 19th century, have layouts which evolved from simple rectangles into a cross enclosed within a square, without undergoing any change in the arrangement or function of the rooms.

The ground floor contains the auxiliary and storage spaces, the mezzanine a central area with a staircase and the winter rooms. The, usually two, best rooms on the upper storey are arranged around a central reception area ('doxatos') with 'krevates' and 'kioskia', special raised daises with wooden railings.
The Kastoria city of Western Macedonia in Greece is known for its churches. Historically, the city has been ruled by many entities, including the Serbian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The amount of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches proves the development and richness of the city through the different ages.
The Kastoria Costume Museum opened in 1999 and is run by Harmony, a music and literary association. It is housed in the residence of the Emmanouil brothers, a two-storey building of the 18th century on the edge of Kastoria Lake.

The purpose of the museum is to introduce the public to the traditional dress of the Kastoria area, and all the costumes on display come from the city and the surrounding countryside. On the first floor are showcases displaying women’'s costumes from local villages, such as Nestorio; on the second floor are costumes from the city itself. Specific items include the dzoube, a women’'s day dress in pale blue; the anderi, a brown-striped women’'s day dress; formal women’'s wear of the 18th century in brown; the male anderi without a gilet but with a fez; and a service uniform of silken fabric. Apart from the formal, public attire, there are also men’'s and women’'s everyday wear and a variety of accessories, such as stockings, belts, and buckles. There are also children'’s clothes and fur coats.

The Kastoria Folklore Museum is housed in one of the city’s loveliest and oldest town houses, the Nerandzis-Aïvazis residence by the lake. The museum has been operating since 1972 and is run by Harmony, a music and literary society. The two-storey premises were built in the 16th or 17th century and survive in such good condition that the museum was able to open without the need for any restoration work. All the original furniture is still there.
Dispilio  is an archaeological site containing remains of a Neolithic lakeshore settlement that occupied an artificial island[1] near the modern village of Dispilio on Lake Orestiada in Kastoria regional unit, Macedonia, Greece.

The lake settlement was discovered during the dry winter of 1932, which lowered the lake level and revealed traces of the settlement. A preliminary survey was made in 1935 by Antonios Keramopoulos.

Excavations began in 1992, led by George Hourmouziadis, professor of prehistoric archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The site's paleoenvironment, botany, fishing techniques, tools and ceramics were published informally in the June 2000 issue of Επτάκυκλος, a Greek archaeology magazine and by Hourmouziadis in 2002. A recreation of the lake dwellers' settlement has been erected near the site to attract tourists from Greece and abroad.
Greece Destinations, Kastoria sights

photo credits Eleni Fragou