Photographer's Note
Most of today's castle of Ioannina was built during Turkish rule and within it there are older,Byzantine buildings. Inside the castle there are two acropolis. In the north-east Acropolis the Royal estates of the Byzantine sovereigns were built. Today at the top, Aslan Pasha's mosque dominates (1618).
The Second Acropolis, to the south-east is known as Its-Kale,meaning interior fortress. At the centre and at the place where in the 19th century Ali Pasha serai (residence) was, nowadays one finds the Byzantine Museum and near it, the Fetihe Mosque (1795) and Ali-Pasha's tomb. Inside the castle between the houses of the area is found Sufari Sarai (a riding school of Ali Pasha), the Turkish library, the Jewish synagogue, the ruins of a Byzantine bath, the house of Pasha Kalos (in the castle walls).
Evidence of the Byzantine Past are expressed in the so-called tower of Voimoundos in the south-east acropolis and the Tower of Thomas, to the right of the central entrance of the castle.

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Additional Photos by Aimilios Petrou (aimiliospet) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 162 N: 486] (2355)
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