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View of the village
(Photo: Papakonstantinou A. (Archive of N.G.O Dryas))
Traditional house
(Photo: Papakonstantinou A. (Archive of N.G.O Dryas))
The square of the village
(Photo: Archive of N.G.O Dryas)
The Holy Temple of Archangel Michael
(Photo: Papakonstantinou A. (Archive of N.G.O Dryas))
The nature arround Krania
(Photo: Archive of N.G.O Dryas)
The view from the village
(Photo: Papakonstantinou A. (Archive of N.G.O Dryas))

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29/11/2008
Krania

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Krania is built amphitheatrically on the eastern slope of Lower Olympus, 51km from Larissa at 650m. alt. It has splendid view towards the Delta of the Pinios, Kissavos mountain and the sea of Thermaikos. It owes its name to the namesake bush, that abounds in the region of the fringes of Lower Olympus.

At the Byzantine years it constituted one more point of control of the plain of the estuaries of Penios and of the street that links Thessaly with Macedonia. During the Ottoman many “klephtes” and “armatoloi” found shelter in the village, as the notorious Nikotsaras who was from the region.

In the old days, the village was been famous for its “alatzades”, that was woolen and silken fabrics, because the soil of the region encouraged the cultivation of the mulberry. The trade was particularly developed, since the “alatzades”, that the women made in the houses with the looms, they were selling in Smyrna and Istanbul. In the village existed, also, dye works of threads, that used plants, as the rizari.

In the region are the source Mpourazani and the peaks Goliani (1.300 m.) and Metamorphosis (1.587m.), which constitutes the tallest peak of Lower Olympus. The forest of Krania has rich flora with dry'ads, cornel-trees, firs, pines, cedars and rich fauna since it constitutes shelter for a lot of wolves, foxes, martens, badgers, falcons and eagles.

Important part of the village is the traditional architecture. The 19th century they were installed Arvanites craftsmen known as "mastro-Vaggelades", who developed important building activity. Many of the houses that they built are even saved today. Characteristic for their architectural traits are also the taps Tsintzira and Perdiki.

In the village are existing appreciable churches and chapels with wooden curved iconostasis, that are dated from the 17th and 18th century, as well as post Byzantine icons, as the Holy Temple of Micheal, the Holy Temple of Madonna, the chapel of Saint Dimitrios and Prophet Elias.

During summertime constitutes seasonal resort because of the good climate. In the square of the village with the plane trees can each one enjoy coffee, tsipouro and food.


Source: N.G.O. Dryas, The cultural heritage of the Municipality of Lower Olympus, Larissa 2008