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On the rails of the Gauls

On this route we will follow the perimeter road of the northern edge of Kaliakouda Mountain and meet the beautiful villages of south  east Evritania, including Krikello and Domnista. If you want to return the same way you can make a little trip to a soil road - a unique natural beautiful landscap and arrive through the villages Sygkrello and Aniada to Klafsi, where  you can admire its unique early Christian monument.

Leaving Karpenissi follow the road to Ag. Nikolaos. A small sign on the right leads to Myriki, a quiet village with the church of Prophet Elias in a serene plateau at the top of it. In the center of Myriki visit the church of Ag. Georgiou built in 1898.

Continuing towards to Ag. Nikolaoss, the first totally green village we meet while going down from the Rachi of Velouchi (coming from Lamia). It is 9 km away from Karpenissi, built amphitheatrical in a wooded area surrounded by chestnut trees, plane trees, nut and fruit trees. In winter the village square usually has snow. If you are there during this period it is and ideal suggestion to try the local drink "tsipouro" and baked chestnuts on the fire. The site houses the church of Ag. Nikoloas of Vounena built in 1887 that was formerly the convent of Virgin Mary and which was destroyed a few years before the 1821 revolution. Also, the whole village was destroyed by fire from the occupying troops of Nazi in the years 1943 to 1944 but the houses were rebuilt and regained its previous charming form. From the village square a road begins for about two kilometers to the northwest, which leads through the dense forest of firs in the chapel of Ag. Paraskevi built in 1850. Ag. Nikolaos is famous for its rich production of chestnuts and beans. Near the village the places Krania,  Nerakia, Trifyllies and  Gyalos have untapped sources of sulphurous water and lands of unexplored coal deposits.

After Ag. Nikolaos, the road leads to the south across beautiful fir. About halfway to Krikello do not miss the signs for the historic site Kokkalia (bones). We take the turn and climb a smooth road. In this plateau there is a commemorative monument of the battle that took place in 279 BC where the united Evritans and Aetolians defeated the Gauls of Vrennou. Due to the many human bones that were constantly found (until a few years ago) the locals named the village.

Taste the cold water from the spring and continue the road to Krikello. At 1120 m. elevation you reach the beautiful village. The majestic mountains standing green in summer and snow in winter. The Evritan poet and novelist Zacharias Papantoniou wrote the "Symphony of the Mountains" describing the magnificent landscape you will see. Old trails for warriors (kleftes) and captains, lead to unique locations among dense forests of ancient trees, holly, rare herbs and shady trees bathed in the waters of the beautiful Krikellopotamos river. Upon entering the village we see seven sprigns providing very cold water  running from the marble mugs. The church of the village, Ag. NiKolaos is one of the most beautiful of Evritania and is located in the central square of the village full of dense trees.

The next village we meet on our journey is Domnista which is a large village with many visitors and many archaeological finds and is built on 1000m. he ancient Fantinos was the most important point during ancient times. Its unexplored archaeological site is located under the church of Virgin Mary (Paliokklisi). In Domnista, in the village square, on June 7, 1942 Arus Velouchiotis officially declared the armed struggle of the Resistance during the Nazi occupation. Every year on the first Sunday of June, many events take place at the Monument of National Resistance. The Folklore and History Museum hosts many antiques and rich archival photographs  of the area from various periods in the history. Very interesting as well is the church of Ag. Athanassios built before 1900.

One of the most beautiful locations, Ai-Lias, is considered as the "green balcony" of the area and offers panoramic views. From the bridge of Domnista the road to the east leads to the Stavloi (stables). They say that there were the stables of the palace of the Byzantine empress Dominica, who was the wife of Oualentos. Another tradition states that the stables belonging to Evritos, the ancient king of Evritania, which capital was the legendary Ichalia.

The road goes uphill from here to the west and then towards the southeast down to Stavropigi or Ampliani. The name Stavropigi confirms the existence of an old monastery. Today in and around the village you will find the churchh of Ag. Paraskevi which hosts icons from an unknown artist (1806), and a wooden temple since 1801 as well as the church of Ag. Nikolaos where you will admire the unsigned small icon of Russian origin. Outside the village there are the Ag. Sotiros at the cemetery, the Ag. Ioannis, The Profotis Ilias and at the location Ampelia the ruins of Ag. Athanasios, where was built the Old Village.

Ampliani was especially known for the famous production of linen and the peculiar costume of its women. Equally famous is the the local dance, Stegkos, that the locals dance in a festival that takes every year on the feast of Ag. Paraskevi on July 26.         

Returning to Domnista you can visit the village Skopia and turn towards Mesokomi, one of the most remote villages of the county located in a most green setting. In the position Zireli, between Rachi Domnistas-Mesokomi there are two sites called Nourka Skala and Kalogiroi. In this area, on June 1821 took place the battle of the Scala or Ternos where rebellious Greeks defeated the Turks of Nourka Pasha. The guest can visit the cave that was discovered in 1961 in the mountain side Karfoptelias. It is distant from the public road, about 15 minutes walk and has remarkable stalactites and stalagmites. From Krikello or Domnista with a horse you can go, only in summer, to remote villages that are stuck on barren hillsides right or left of the Krikellopotamos river. Rocks and cliffs separate the one village from the other! Such a trip is a great idea for  young hikers who are not afraid to face the harshness of the terrain and will be rewarded by the delight of the exceptional variety and picturesque beauty of the place.

From the gorge of Krikellopotamos river please note the sites: Aitofolia, the drawbridge of Roskas, the beautiful canyon Pantavrechi with impressive waterfalls that tumble the cliffs and Ag. Georgios, Kakogefyro and Palioskiachti (you will need a guide for the last two places).

Within an hour's walk from Psiana to east you will meet "Zagora" place, where various ancient household objects were found, such as jars, pottery and and other items. Also, in "ktisma" placy there is a wall with large stones that betray the existence of a strong fortress of the ancient greeks Pelasgians.

Close to that place, The Kastanoula village is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and tranquility and offers unspoiled nature. Returning back have two options: one is to return the same way. The second is to turn left at Ag. Theodoros and follow the soil road to get to the Klafsi. the road is passable although it has some difficult points but if you have a 4x4 car you should have no problem at all!

The first part of the route, however, will compensate for the slight discomfort as the road passes through a dense forest of pine trees that smell delicious, while openings covered with dense grass offers a special beauty to the landscape.

The first village we meet at an altitude of 1230 m. is Sygkrello which is famous for its production of apples and potatoes. Approximately three kilometers away you will reach Aniada, a picturesque small village and after nine more kilometers you will reach the village square of Mouzila and its church of the Assumption, built in 1650. The icon of Virgin Mary of the temple has the nickname "Portaitissa". Also visit the church of Ag. Georgios, built in 1700, and the most beautiful locations of Korfollongia and Kouremeni.

Klafsi is a prosperous village, with beautiful stone houses, estates and manicured gardens with plenty of flowers and vines and enough fertile area in the small valley of the river. It is said that there was once the capital of Evritania, in the early Christian era, Ichalia.

According to tradition, the village took its name from the tears shed by residents after the terrible destruction, probably by the Gauls in 279 BC. Near the village is the location of Ag. Nikolaos where there are many indications of an ancient settlement, such as house foundations, tiles, household items, etc. Near by the village, towards the Karpenisiotis river you will admire the unique early Christian monument of Evritania, the early Christian church of Ag. Leonidas of the 5th century. In August 1955, after a flood of the river, two villagers noticed by the roadside a small part of a mosaic and stopped to admire it. After the excavations in the in the whole mosaic of this early Christian church came to light. The size of the church and its luxurious construction confirm the cultural development of the region in the past.

The temple was 28 m. widht and 18 m. length. Today it has a roof. The mosaic floor is fairly well preserved and has a very interesting theme and inscriptions. If it is closed, call the local priest or any owner of a local shop at the village square who will gladly open this wonderful Christian church for you to explore!

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