TRAVELS – GREECE
Kastoria , Winter
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© Text: George Fiotakis – Photos: George Fiotakis / Photoreportaz
Description/ Summary :
Kastoria (Greek: Καστοριά IPA /kastoreja/, South Slavic: ??????, Kostur) is a city in northern Greece. It is the capital of Kastoria Prefecture, located at 40°31?00?N, 21°16?00?E. The town’s population is estimated as some 20,660 people (1991 census). It is situated on a promontory on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains.
Kastoria is believed to have had ancient origins; it has been identified with the ancient town of Celetrum, which the Romans captured in 200 BC. The Byzantine historian Procopius records that it was later renamed Justinianopolis.
The town’s strategic position led to it being contested between the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus during the 12th century, and it fell into Serbian hands between 1331 and 1380..