ZAGORA - MOURESI
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN GAZES AT THE SEA
The Municipality of Zagora - Mouresi is in eastern Pelion and belongs to the Magnesia Regional Unit of the Thessaly Region. It has a population of 4556 inhabitants and its area is 150.54 sq.km. The area is divided into 2 municipal units, Zagora and Mouresi. The natural beauty of the Municipality is unique as it combines mountain and sea. The visitor can very easily find himself from the enchanting mountains of eastern Pelion to the blue-green shores of the Aegean just a few kilometers away. The residents of the wider area of the Municipality are largely engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism. Zagora is famous for the cultivation of its famous Zagorian apples.
The eastern side of Pelion, a large part of which today belongs to the Municipality of Zagora - Mouresi, seems to have had several references in mythology as it is located near the mountain of the Centaurs, Pelion. Due to the coastal location of the area, habitation was difficult as the pirates made life difficult for the population, because of which they moved to higher and more distant places. Ruins that have come to light prove the existence of an ancient and pre-Christian settlement in the area. During the Byzantine era, in 1160 AD with the establishment of the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Zagora, the first settlement of Old Zagora was created. Over the centuries and the appearance of new districts in the area, Nea Zagora was founded at the end of the 16th century, which constantly showed growth in trade and agriculture. The production of silk with significant amounts of export to areas such as Venice, the Dalmatian Coast, Germany and beyond, favored the prosperity of the area's inhabitants. The area seems to have had a significant development in domestic industry as well, as it imported large quantities of wool from all over Greece and by processing them, created the famous "mills". Zagora, due to the power it had in both exports and imports, had its own fleet, the "Zagorian ships" that crossed the major ports of the Mediterranean and Europe in general. During the Turkish rule, two schools operated in the area. The first in the monastery of Sotiros and the second in the Monastery of Agios Prodromos where Rigas Feraios also studied.
HOW TO GET THERE
By car or by train from Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities. The Municipality is also covered by the KTEL (bus) routes from Volos.
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