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The Lion of Yannina

The Lion of Yannina
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Copyright: Giorgos Marossis (dim) Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 0 W: 13 N: 511] (3968)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Olympus E PL5
Exposure: 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-25 3:55
Viewed: 1236
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ο οντάς του Αλή Πασά στο νησάκι της λίμνης Παμβώτιδας.
Δεν έμενε εδώ ο Αλής είχε ολόκληρο Σαράι στα Γιάννενα, εδώ κατέφυγε για να γλυτώσει από το μαχαίρι της Πύλης αλλά δεν τα κατάφερε.
Ο χώρος έχει διαμορφωθεί πραγματικά πάρα πολύ ωραία,
από τον συλλέκτη Φώτη Ραπακούση. Πρόσφατα βρέθηκε και το χρυσό καριοφίλι του Αλή Πασά, το οποίο είναι έργο τέχνης και εκτίθεται πλέον σε περίοπτη θέση.

Ali Pasha of Tepelena or of Yannina (Ioannina), surnamed Aslan, "the Lion", or the "Lion of Yannina" (1740 – 24 January 1822), was a Muslim Albanian ruler who served as an Ottoman pasha of the western part of Rumelia, the Ottoman Empire's European territory, which was referred to as the Pashalik of Yanina. His court was in Ioannina, but the territory he governed incorporated most of Epirus and the western parts of Thessaly and Greek Macedonia in Northern Greece. Ali had three sons: Muhtar Pasha (served in the 1809 war against the Russians), Veli Pasha of Morea and Salih Pasha of Vlore.[1][2]

Ali first appears in historical accounts as the leader of a band of brigands who became involved in many confrontations with Ottoman state officials in Albania and Epirus. He joined the administrative-military apparatus of the Ottoman Empire, holding various posts until 1788 when he was appointed pasha, ruler of the sanjak of Ioannina. His diplomatic and administrative skills, his interest in modernist ideas and concepts, his popular religiousness, his religious neutrality, his win over the bands terrorizing the area, his revengefulness and harshness in imposing law and order, and his looting practices towards persons and communities in order to increase his proceeds cause both the admiration and the criticism of his contemporaries, as well as an ongoing controversy among historians regarding his personality. Ali Pasha of Tepelena died in 1822 at the age of 81 or 82.

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