(District of Phokis - Greece)
Dichori (Costartsa its old name), an Aetolian settlement, according to archaeological findings in the area of the Hellenistic period, is situated on a high slope (1200m) of the gigantic mountain Bardousia, the ancient Corax of Strabo. Its site is much privileged for it enjoys a great variety of colours, the Alpic vegetation, woods of trees chestnut trees and cold crystal clear waters. The village prides in its mountain crest <<the mountain of Costartsa, 2375m, where we find the historic cave, called << the Apokleistra >> in which the villagers took refuge every time the Turks attacked the village, during the Independence War 1821-28.
Beside the natural beauty, the mountain crests, the rivers, and creeks, the flat areas full of ferns, the hillsides with origan, the wild flowers and all kinds of bushes, the chorus of flocks and the wild boars, the visitor enjoys also the human activities and creations: old churches, country chapels, objects of folk art, wooden cared iconostasis, church candelabra, icons, communion cups and old houses.
In brief, Dichori is a beautiful mountainous village rich in history, folk art, myths and traditions.
Mrs Maria Loukopoulou Pattichi has written the history of Dichori in her book << Epistrophi>> (Return). She also published another book on the whole area, the mountainous Doris, entitled << Bardousia, to the villages of Northwest Doris, which has been awarded a prize by the Academy of Athens.
The guests' house now under construction will be very soon at the disposal of the friends and lovers of the beautiful corner of the Doric land.
Written by the folklore scientist Maria Loukopoulou Pattihi
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