Photographer's Note

This was the summer residence of Ali Pasha (now a museum), where he encountered his tragic and violent end.
When I reached the place the sun was at its full descend and an eerie and sentimental music was heard all over the area.
I instantly felt overwhelmed by the sense that this place conveys, knowing also its history.
So many atrocities took place there, during the reign of Ali Pascha.
So much blood of innocent people was shed in that exact soil.
So many “enemies” of Ali Pascha tortured to death in this place.
There is also a big tree in that yard (not visible in my photo) where countless people were hanged.
I really felt quite emotional.
After all, this is the history of my land just two centuries ago, full of violence, tragic deaths and glorious resistance and revolution against the Ottoman empire, until the final liberation.
Nevertheless, the residence stands just a few meters off the lakeshore and the sense of serenity and tranquility that this place conveys, is unique and beyond any description.
Certainly is worth visiting for all.

The main attraction on nisi (the island of lake Pamvotida in Ioannina) is the 16th-century Pandelimonos Monastery, now the Ali Pasha Museum. Ali Pasha was killed here in the monks' cells on January 17, 1822, after holding out for almost two years. In the final battle, Ali ran into an upstairs cell, but the soldiers shot him through its floorboards from below. (The several bullet holes in the floor were newly drilled because the floor had to be replaced.) A happier Ali Pasha, asleep on the lap of his wife, Vasiliki, can be seen in the museum's famous portrait. Here also is the crypt where Vasiliki hid, some evocative etchings and paintings of that era, and his magnificent narghile, a water pipe, standing on the fireplace.


Ali Pasha of Tepelena or of Yannina (Ioannina), surnamed Aslan, "the Lion", or the "Lion of Yannina" (1740 – 24 January 1822), was an Ottoman Albanian ruler (pasha) of the western part of Rumelia, the Ottoman Empire's European territory, which was referred to as the Pashalik of Yanina. His court was in Ioannina, but the territory he governed incorporated most of Epirus and the western parts of Thessaly and Greek Macedonia in Northern Greece. Ali Pasha of Tepelena died fighting in 1822 at the age of 81 or 82. He played a major part in the history of Epirus and more generally the history of Greece and Albania around the turn of the 19th century.
He first appears in historical accounts as the leader of a band of brigands who became involved in many confrontations with Ottoman state officials in Albania and Epirus. He joined the administrative-military apparatus of the Ottoman Empire, holding various posts until 1788 when he was appointed pasha, ruler of the sanjak of Ioannina. His diplomatic and administrative skills, his interest in modernist ideas and concepts, his popular religiousness, his religious neutrality, his win over the bands terrorizing the area, his revengefulness and harshness in imposing law and order, and his looting practices towards persons and communities in order to increase his proceeds cause both the admiration and the criticism of his contemporaries, as well as an ongoing controversy among historians regarding his personality.


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  • Date Taken: 2014-08-01
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