The city of Ioannina is full of churches. This one is the metochi(glebe) of the monastery of Ayia Aikaterini on Mount Sinai and has a small church inside.
I spent some time in the inner yard (pics 2-3) until a priest opened the door of the church(pic4) for me and took some pics inside (pic 5).
At this metochi during greek-turkish wars of 1897 and 1912-13 many Greeks found refuge due to the privilege that the monastery had. There was also a hidden storehouse with guns for the greek rebels.
According to a sign on the wall during the WWII, when the Nazis were in town 2 greeks raised the greek flag on the bell tower. It was febraury 21, 1943, 30 years after the town’s deliverance from the turks so they just wanted to make fun of the Nazis. Brave ones for sure but I don’t know what happened then.
This is a hulking mass of a church in the new part of town. I stumbled on it while I was looking for an internet café and wandered through much of the new town. I didn't go inside, but it is quite a pretty church from the freizes on the outside of the building.
The Church of Saint Nicholas is on the way between the lakefront and the Old Bazaar or new part of the town. Its nothing all that big or spectacular, but given that there are no churches inside the Kastro, it is the closest one that you can find to the oldest part of town.
We know that it existed before the rebellion of Dionyssios the Philosopher (1611) and was saved, but it was burned down in August 25, 1820. The existing church was rebuilt and finished in 1833 by technicians from Vourbiani village near Konitsa. White and black stone dominate to the building.
The style of the church is three-aisle basilica with domes and vaults. The floor is lower than the outside ground. The icon-stand is made of walnut. The dome and the pulpit are decorated with embossed representations of plants and animals as well as others of the New Testament.
Traveller Lady Strangford describes it as the most important monument of Ioannina. Wall paintings were made in 1835 by hagiographers from Kapessovo. They were covered by later paintings of 1901 or even newer ones, but today the original paintings are recovered and restored with archaeological works.
The covered antedoor (coumbes), was built in 1816, while the bell-tower was erected of carved stone in 1905. The arched main gate is also beautiful.