The village at the northernmost
part of Pelion, the largest of them all. The name in Slavonic
means "behind the mountain." Thanks to its impregnable
position it has always enjoyed freedom and independence. No
enemy has set foot in it. That is why it served as the capital
village of Pelion and the center of the Greek Enlightenment.
It is famous for its contribution to learning, art, education
and trade. Its apples have a special
aroma and they are exported in great quantities.
In the central square called Agios Georgios,
there is a small library built in mid-18th century. It houses
over 3,000 old volumes, maps and manuscripts dating back to
the 17th and 18th centuries and covering virtually all the
disciplines and knowledge extant at the time. If one were
to consider the perilous journey these books had to make in
order to reach their destination in those difficult times
then one would be filled with admiration and gratitude for
the determination and generosity of the donator.