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Administrative Region : Epirus
Regional unit : Ioannina


Metsovo (Greek: Μέτσοβο; Aromanian: Aminciu) is a town in Epirus on the mountains of Pindus in northern Greece, between Ioannina to the north and Meteora to the south. The largest centre of Vlach life in Greece, Metsovo is bypassed by GR-6 (Ioannina - Trikala) and also by Egnatia Odos Motorway.

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View of Metsovo.
A street in Metsovo.
Metsovo central square.
Metsovo Street.
The church of Agia Paraskevi.
Egnatia Odos (A2) Metsovitikos bridge, as seen from Metsovo.

In 15th century Metsovo came under the Ottoman rule and became part of the Sanjak of Ioannina.[1][2] Throughout, the late period of Ottoman rule (18th century-1913) the Greek and Aromanian population of the region (northern pindus) suffered from Albanians raiders.[3] Also, in one occasion in the local Greek revolt of 1854 the town was plundered by both Greek and Ottoman troops during their struggle for control of the town.[4] During the First Balkan War, Metsovo was burnt by Turco-Albanian bands.[5] During the Second World War Metsovo was the capital of a puppet state, established by the Axis forces, known as Principality of Pindus.

Michail Tositsas

Georgios Averoff



The present municipality Metsovo was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[6]



The town is famous for its local cheeses (Metsovone and Metsovela) and winemaking industries, including the Katogi vineyard of the Averoff family. A museum named Averoff Gallery is dedicated to Georgios Averoff. Metsovo is also a popular winter vacation destination and a ski resort.

The Metsovo Ski Centre is situated not far from the centre of Metsovo. In the 1980s, a tunnel was under construction and was the longest in Greece. It alleviated traffic and does not use twisting roads. In 2006, the connection with Via Egnatia has made the section of GR-6 (Ioannina - Trikala) into this superhighway and had two interchanges for Metsovo.


Metsovo, Church, door decoration

Averoff Gallery in Metsovo,

Year Municipal district Municipality
1981 2,705 -
1991 2,917 4,125
2001 3,195 4,417

Notable people
Roofs and valley of Metsovo.

Metsovo is the home of the benefactors Nikolaos Stournaris, Eleni Tositsa, Michail Tositsas and Georgios Averoff, in whose honour the National Technical University of Athens is called Metsovion in Greek. Another notable individual from Metsovo is the former minister and former leader of the New Democracy party Evangelos Averoff.

Georgios Averoff (1815–1899), businessman and philanthropist
Evangelos Averoff (1910–1990), politician
Nikolaos Stournaris, national benefactor
Michael Tositsas, national benefactor
Adam Tsapekos, scholar
Nikolaos Zerzoulis (1766-1722), scholar and director of several Greek schools

Metsovitikos Dance

Municipality of Metsovo, population 4417 in 2001


^ H. Karpat, Kemal (1985). Ottoman population, 1830-1914: demographic and social characteristics. p. 146. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
^ Motika, Raoul (1995). Türkische Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (1071-1920). p. 297. Retrieved 22 September 2011. "Sancaks Yanya (Kazas: Yanya, Aydonat (Paramythia), Filat (Philiates), Meçova (Metsovo), Leskovik (war kurzzeitig Sancak) und Koniçe (Konitsa)"
^ Hammond, Nicholas (1976). Migrations and invasions in Greece and adjacent areas. Noyes Press. p. 41. ISBN 0815550472.
^ Hammond, Nicholas (1976). Migrations and invasions in Greece and adjacent areas. Noyes Press. p. 41. ISBN 0815550472.
^ The Times, November 1, 1912. Page 8.
^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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