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Froúrio / Kástro (citadel)
Froúrio / Kástro (citadel) : Michelin's recommendations
The huge citadel overlooking the lake is surrounded by a wall built during the despotate of Epiros (13C) and restored by Ali Pasha, who ruled over Albania and Epiros (1741-1822). It was inhabited by the Turks, and from the 17C by the Jews, but is now almost deserted; it has retained an eastern flavour with its little streets, overhanging roofs and former mosques; Ali Pasha had his palace here on top of the rock. The Aslan Pasha Mosque, founded in 1619 on the site of an Orthodox monastery, still has its slim pointed minaret. The building is composed of a vestibule, with a recess for the worshippers' shoes, and a prayer room. It has been converted into a small Folk Art Museum (Moussío Laikís Téhnis) which has handsome costumes and arms. From the terrace there are very fine views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Below the mosque stands the former Turkish Library roofed with several little domes; further west is the Old Synagogue, a reminder that in the 19C there were nearly 6 000 Jews in Ioánina. The inner citadel contains the tomb of Ali Pasha, a mosque and the former palace of the 'lion of Ioánina', which has recently been restored and now houses the Byzantine Museum (Vizandinó Moussío).
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