Ioannina or Yannena is the capital and largest city of the administrative region of Epirus in northwestern Greece. It lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis.
A rugged and mountainous region, Epirus was the north-west area of ancient Greece. It was inhabited by the Greek tribes of the Chaonians, Molossians, and Thesprotians, and home to the sanctuary of Dodona, the oldest ancient Greek oracle, and the most prestigious one after Delphi. Unified into a single state in 370 BC by the Aeacidae dynasty, Epirus achieved fame during the reign of Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose campaigns against Rome are the origin of the term "Pyrrhic Victory". Epirus subsequently became part of the Roman Empire along with the rest of Greece in 146 BC, which was followed by the Byzantine Empire.
Following the fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade, Epirus became the centre of the Despotate of Epirus, one of the successor states to the Byzantine Empire. Conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, Epirus became semi-independent during the rule of Ali-Pasha in the early 19th century, but the Ottomans re-asserted their control in 1821. Following the Balkan wars and World War I, southern Epirus became part of Greece, while northern Epirus became part of the newly created state of Albania.
Photos of the Pamvotis Lake at Ioannina are featured in two different series with the titles "The Forty Faces Of Frosyni" and "Blue".
© Anna Wacker Photography