PSARADES (Village) PRESPES
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The chapel of Agios Yeorgios lies at the highest point of the road Koula-Psarades. The place is surrounded by a stand of centenary Lunipers ( Juniperus foetidissima and J. excelsa), unique in Europe. This is so because they grow in an area considered holy and were therefore left undisturbed by the locals along the centuries. This is the second nucleus of complete protection of the National Park. In Psarades, the visitor may eat fresh fish from lakes in the local tavernas. Fishermen can take the visitor to the blue- green beaches of the lake and its steep rocky shores.
In these, natural and carved cavities in the rocks were places often used as hermitages and retreats, with frescos painted on the rocks and two churches. There is a path from Psarades one of them, the 'Metamorphosis'(Transfiguration), which dates from the early 13th c. The other is only reachable by boat-'Panayia Eleoussa' (The Virgin of Charity), dating to the end of the 14th c. and with remarkable wall paintings. According to the locals, this church is dedicated to Agios Petros (Saint Peter). Between these two monuments, is the hermitage of the Mikri Analipsi located high up in a small cavity in the rocks, dating to the 15th c. Kape Roti is at the end of the very nice footpath beginning from Psarades and heading north. At this point the visitor stands before the borders with Albania and FYROM found into the lake and above the deepest point of Lake Megali Prespa.
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