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Parga - Castle of Parga Castle of Parga
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Parga - Castle of Ali Pasha Castle of Ali Pasha
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Parga - Beaches of Parga Beaches of Parga
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Parga - Paxos - Antipaxos Paxos - Antipaxos
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Parga - Islet of Virgin Mary Islet of Virgin Mary
Islet of Parga
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Parga - Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna
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Parga - Zalongo Zalongo
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Parga - Ecclesiastical Museum of Parga Ecclesiastical Museum of Parga
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Parga - Pargina - Kanaria Pargina - Kanaria
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Population: 11.866
Description: Small town with a big history, Parga is distinguished by the elusive and rare beauty, its clean beaches, forests, picturesque alleys with traditional houses, which give every visitor the feeling that it is an island. Parga was known in antiquity as Paragiros, Paragea and Ypargos names which give it its current name. Ptolemy and Plutarch refer to it as Toryni. As was proven, Parga exists as a settlement since the Byzantine period. The first reference to the city with the current name is in 1387 by Ioannis Kantakouzenos as one of the major towns of Epirus. After the conquests of the Normans and Venetians, Parga fell the Turkish domination in 1452 and was destroyed by the latter in 1537. The Venetians rebuilt it in 1572, then came under the protection of France and in 1800 under the protection of the Russians and the Sultan's fleet ruled by an independent commander. The French returned in 1809 and remained until 1814, when Parga goes under the protection of the British. During this period it becomes a safe place for refugees, thieves and guerrillas from Souli who had fallen to the hands of Ottoman, and Ali Pasha (Ottoman ruler of Ioannina) tries in vain to conquer but fails and nevertheless achieves acquiring the town by purchasing it with a price tag of over 150,000 pound Sterlings by the English in 1819. The Pargians react to the Treaty of purchase and to avoid being enslaved to the Ottomans they flee to Corfu after burning the bones of their dead writing this way one of the most tragic pages in the history of the city. Parga joined the Greek state in 1913. On 22 May 1930, the destroyer "Ellie" transferred to Parga the artifacts that Pargians took in foreign lands when fled. The turbulent history and the beauty of the city have inspired the writer Kostas Asimakopoulos book "Altana Parga," which become tv series in 1990 on the National Television. Today Parga is built on the eastern side of the small peninsula overlooking the Paxos and Antipaxos, Kefalonia and the cape of Actium. It is a beautifully preserved village which receives thousands of visitors every year and it is more accessible than ever thanks to the Egnatia highway that connects the North and Central Greece.

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