Kozani

Kozani - Aliakmonas bridge

 

Kozani is a city in northern Greece. It is located in the western part of Macedonia, in the northern part of the Aliakmonas river valley. The city lies 710 meters above sea level, 15 kilometers north-west of the artificial lake Polyfytos, 120 km south-west of Thessaloniki, between the mountains Pieria, Vermio, Vourinos and Askio. Its population is estimated at about 50,000. The climate of the area is continental with cold and dry winters, and hot summers.


Coordinates: 40°20′N 21°40′E

Kozani is the home of the Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia and the University of  Western Macedonia, with about 15,000 students from all over Greece and other places. It is also the seat of West Macedonia’s court of appeal and the Bishop of Servia and Kozani.

View of Kozani, Macedonia, GreeceNew park in Kozani, Macedonia, GreeceView of Kozani from the south

One of the most important aspects of local folklore is Kozani’s carnival at the end of the winter, which retains much of the profanity of the ancient Dionysiac cult. Kozani is renowned in Greece and abroad for the production of Saffron (Krokos Kozanis), in the nearby town of Krokos.

Fanos, an old carnival custom in Kozani, Macedonia, Greece



Museums in and around Kozani

The Archaeological Museum of Kozani
The museum’s collection includes finds from archaeological excavations as well as from individuals from all over Kozani prefecture, apart from the Aiani area. It includes sculptures, inscriptions, statues, reliefs, clay vessels, figurines, and gold, silver, and bronze jewellery, all dating from the Palaeolithic to the Roman period.

The Historical - Folklore and Natural History Museum of Kozani.The Historical – Folklore and Natural History Museum of Kozani is a place worth visiting. It is built according to old Macedonian architecture, and in its 6 floors, visitors can see everything about the geography, natural history, flora and animals of the region, as well as the history, the traditions and the past way of life in Kozani.

The Museum of the Macedonian Struggle at Chromio, Kozani prefecture, Greece is an open air museum created and landscaped over an area of 7 hectares presenting the struggles of the Greeks in Macedonia until it was united to Greece in 1912–13.

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle at Chromio, KozaniThe Museum of the Macedonian Struggle at Chromio, Kozani prefecture, Greece is an open air museum created and landscaped over an area of 7 hectares presenting the struggles of the Greeks in Macedonia until it was united to Greece in 1912–13.
The museum was founded in 1989 by the Letters and Arts Association of the Prefecture of Kozani in commemoration of the February 1878 uprising, which took place in the region aiming to abrogate the treaty of San Stefano. The ultimate objective of the uprising was to prevent Macedonia from becoming part of Bulgaria, to throw off the Ottoman domination, and to be part of the Hellenic state.

The clock tower in the square at Christmas timeThe clock tower and the church of Agios Nikolaos – 350 years old – in Nikis Square.

Kozani is a transport node between Central Macedonia, Thessaly and Epirus. The nearest airport is Filippos Airport, 4 km from the city, IATA code: KZI. The airport was first opened in the mid-20th century. Kozani is situated near the Egnatia Highway, which connects the coast of the Ionian Sea with Thessaloniki and Turkish borders.


External links

• Tourism information, Caves, Mountaineering Clubs
Grigorios Vourkas Mansion
• University of Western Macedonia
• Hellenic Macedonia
History from antiquity to present
• Kozani Travel Guide (wikitravel)

 

 

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