prefecture of Kastoria
KASTORIA Picture Gallery
Καστοριά) is one of the fifty-one
prefectures (nomes) of
Its capital is
Kastoria city, and its population was estimated at 51,934
inhabitants in the most recent census.
The prefecture of Kastoria: is located in the northwestern side of
the Western Macedonia region of Greece. It is one of the most
mountainous prefectures where there exist noteworthy prehistoric and
The city of Kastoria, built in a peninsula surrounded by the lake
Orestiada, is 520 kilometers away from Athens and 200 kilometers
away from Thessaloniki. There is a regular direct flight connection
between the prefecture of Kastoria and the capital city of Athens.
Kastoria and the surrounding area are internationally known as
centers of the manufacturing and trading of furs. Fur manufacturing
dates back more than a thousand years and the economic activity of
the prefecture centers around furs. Every year an international fur
exhibition takes place in Kastoria.
Rich elements of Byzantine culture (Byzantine walls and churches) as
well as traditional mansions of the 17th and 18th
centuries unique for their architectural design are located in the
city of Kastoria. Other places of interest are the Byzantine Museum,
the 74 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches and the Folklore Museum
“Nerantzi – Aibazi”. The imposing mountains of Vitsi and Grammos,
the Orestiada lake and the rich cultural heritage are some
distinctive characteristics that make the city of Kastoria and the
surrounding areas a tourist attraction for all seasons of the year.
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