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Agnanta (Greek: Άγναντα ) is a village and a former municipality in the Arta peripheral unit, Epirus, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Central Tzoumerka, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] Agnanta is one of the largest villages of the Tzoumerka region. The population of the municipal unit is 4,022 (2001). It is located at a distance of 55 km north of the city of Arta and east of the city of Ioannina. The geographical center of the village has an altitude of 650–700 m, while some of its highest districts approach an altitude of 1000 m. The name Agnanta has its origin in the Greek adverb agnantia, which means across (agnantevo means look across, watch/look from far).

Tzoumerka Mountain in the region of Kato Graikikon

Waterfalls, Arta, Katarraktis


History

There are no documents or written evidence to certify exactly when Agnanta first appeared as an organized community. The first preserved written evidence is a TAPU (Turkish title deed) from 1729, which refers to properties and forest regions of Agnanta. It is likely that an organized village existed there much earlier and probably since the early decades of the 17th century, when populations moved from other areas towards Tzoumerka due to indictments and diseases in other areas.

Natural characteristics

Agnanta is a picturesque village of unique and pure natural beauty. Some of its key characteristics are its abundant vegetation and its natural springs. In its dense forests, a wide variety of trees can be found, among which firs, maple and pine trees dominate. Agnanta's vegetation composes an uninhibited natural landscape of a rich variety of colors, lighting and glint, which transform fully with the seasons.

Entertainment

Popular entertainment and dining options include variety of traditional restaurants (taverns), cafe-bars and nightclubs. There are also hotels located in the center of the village and a hotel located in the region of Plaka, approximately 15 km away from the village. A variety of outdoor activities is offered by the hotel owners and other companies are rafting, canoeing and hiking.

Division of the municipality

Katarraktis is a small mountain village part of the synonymous municipal district. Katarraktis is the greek name for "waterfall" which exist in the region and the reason of the name of the village.

Kato Graikiko (Κάτω Γραικικό ) is a mountain village (alt. 900 m) on the SW side of the Tzoumerka mountain., until 1927 it was known as Grestista. Near the village is the monastery Panagias Chrysospiliotisas ("of the golden cave", named after a cave where according to a legend a icon of Panagia was found). The monastery was founded in the 11th century and was rebuild in 1663. Some wallpaintings although not well preserved are from the year 1801.

Koukoulia is a small village earlier known as Koukoulista until according to a law that did not allow foreign names it was renamed in the year 1927. In the center square of the village is the church Koimisis tis Theotokou

Ktistades

Ktistades is a small village, its older name was Kousovista.

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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