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After the Ottoman
conquest in 1386, many of the Christians living in Kastoria took refuge in
mountains, while those who remained in the city were confined to the eastern
saddle of the peninsula. The Turks settled inside the Byzantine walls to the west,
while later the Jews settled between the Muslim and Christian neighborhoods to
Kastoria, a 'zeamet' (feudal fief) in 1519 and a 'hass' (estate belonging
to the Sultan) after 1526/28, was the seat of a deputy official and in 1875 became
the headquarters of a 'kaza' (administrative district). The principal factor in
the economic development of the Greek population was the processing and trading
of fur, with companies
founded as early as the 17th century in Constantinople
and such European cities as Vienna and Odessa.
The opening of a school in 1614, the visits of missionaries (Osios
Dionysios, Kosmas Aitolos), and contacts with Europe through emigrants contributed
greatly to the town's intellectual growth. One indication of its former prosperity
is the luxurious mansions erected between the late 17th century and the 19th century.
Kastoria was prevented from taking part in the revolution of 1822
by the presence of Ottoman troops, but in the early 20th century it became a breeding
ground for fighters yearning to liberate
By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.
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