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My town, our landscapes 26.10.2012

PYLI, OUR TOWN Pyli (Porta) Pyli Primary School Fotini Ntai

2012-13


Greece, Thessaly, Trikala, Pyli •

Trikala (Greek:Τρίκαλα) is a city in northwestern Thessaly, Greece. It is the capital of the Trikala regional unit. The city is straddled by the River Litheon, which is a tributary of Pineios river. According to the National Statistical Service, Trikala had 81.355 inhabitants in 2011, while the Trikala regional unit had 131.085 inhabitants.


Thessaly, Pyli Thessaly: Region of Greece Capital: Larissa Regional units: Karditsa, Larissa, Magnesia, Trikala

Pyli (Greek: Πύλη) is a municipality in the Trikala regional unit. Situated 18 km west of Trikala, right at the bottom of two mountains Itamos, and Koziakas, which mark the beginning of the Pindos mountainline, Pyli marks the entrance to a great gorge and the natural path that leads to the city of Arta. The municipality of Pyli contains 7 municipal units, but the town itself has a population of about 2.000.


Trikala’s landmarks


Pyli Pyli is a big village with lots of houses and fields. The dwellers of Pyli dealt in agricultural work, especially onion and wheat cultivation.


Pyli or Porta? Pyli is situated between two mountains, the Koziakas and the Itamos, at the foot of the Pindos mountain range. Due to its geographical position it was named “Porta” meaning “door” while now its name is “Pyli” meaning “gate”. It arised from landform around it. Between the mountains there is a “vaid” a passage through which people come into Pyli. This passage could be characterized as a gate linking the plain with the mountains.

Itamos

Porta

Koziakas


Portaikos river or Portaikos team? • The river Portaikos, a tributary of the river Pineios, runs through this location.

Portaikos

Itamos

Portaikos

Portaikos: football team


Porta Pazar • Pyli used to be named “Porta Pazar”. The word “pazar” is Turkish and it means “bazaar”. This name resulted from the great market that there was in this place. • Now “pazar” every Friday.


Pyli’s landmark • Pyli’s landmark is an arched stone bridge, built in 1514 by St. Vissarion, connects Epirus with Thessaly. The bridge was the only one until 1936 linking the plain with the mountains. It’s 30,5m long, 67m wide and one-arched.

St. Vissarion


Four bridges


Two Monasteries •

There is a church in a monastery in the mountain Itamos. The locals have given this monastery the name “Goura”, which means “water spring”. Most people go there at Easter in order to attend Christ’s resurrection service.

In the historical community of Agiou Vissariona (230 m. el.) we arrive from the side of Pyli's that is hardly two kilometres far. The village owes his old name "Dousiko" in an endemic of the place species of oak with the (slavic) name Dousko or Douskari.


Three Churches • The village has got three churches. The first one is the Byzantine church “Porta Panagia” devoted to Virgin Mary. The two other churches are devoted to St. Nikolaos, who is believed as the patron saint of the sailors, and St. Vissarion who is considered to be patron saint of the area. St. Vissarion

Porta Panagia

St. Nikolaos


Schools in Pyli • There is a Nursery School, a Kindergarten, a Primary School, a Junior High School, a Senior High School and a Vocational High School. Primary School

Junior High School

Kindergarten

Primary School


Images of Pyli


Traditional Costumes

Traditional dances


METEORA In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century.


Visit Pyli, Visit us

The Mayor

The town hall


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