After the first switchback on the road into the Zagoria passing the village of Asprangeli, stands the monumental bronze of the Women of Pindus, commemorating the contributions of the women in the Zagoria villages to the war effort. The bronze figure, approximately 30 feet in height, depicts a women in traditional village clothing, carrying a feta cheese can, as a backpack, on her back and a small bag in her right hand. The statue crowns a tumulus with an empty chamber below. Stone built ramps lead to the top. The tumulus itself is on the top of the ridge and a gravel path winds to a parking lot just below the tumulus. A carved marble plaque is inscribed with a decree of the descendants of the Panoraveniotes (regional inhabitants) who were aided in the time of war. This monumental bronze stands at the other end of the ridge that runs to Kalpaki and the mound with the Soldier of 1940 on it. As such the two bronzes guard the pass into the mountainous region of the Zagoria.
ΨΗΦΙΣΜΑ\ ΕΜΕΙΣ ΟΙ ΑΠΟΓΟΝΟΙ ΚΕΙΝΩΝ ΤΩΝ\ΠΑΝΩΡΑΒΕΝΙΩΤΩΝ ΠΟΥ ΤΗ ΝΥΧΤΑ\ ΤΗΣ 28 ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ ΤΟΥ 1940 ΚΑΤΑΦΥΓΑΝ\ ΣΤΟ ΖΑΓΟΡΙ ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΓΛΥΤΩΣΟΥΝ\ ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΧΕΡΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΙΣΒΟΛΕΑ\ ΕΚΦΡΑΖΟΥΜΕ ΤΙΣ ΑΠΕΙΡΕΣ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΙΕ ΜΑΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΖΑΓΟΡΙΣΙΟΥΣ\ ΣΥΜΠΑΤΡΙΩΤΕΣ ΜΑΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΦΙΛΟΞΕΝΙΑ\ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΝ ΠΕΡΙΘΑΛΨΗ ΠΟΥ ΠΑΡΕΙΧΑΝ\ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΠΡΟΓΟΝΟΥΣ ΜΑΣ\ ΚΑΛΠΑΚΙ 12-8-2011\ΟΙ ΠΑΝΩΡΑΒΕΝΙΩΤΕΣ ; Resolution. We, the descendants of those [panoraveniotes] who on the night of October 28, 1940 took refuge in the Zagori in order to escape from the hands of the invaders, we express our endless thanks to the people of the Zagoria, our compatriots, for their philoxenia and the medical care they furnished for our ancestors. Kalpaki, August 12, 2011, by the Panoraveniotes (dwellers in this region of Epirus).
G. Kalakallas (sculptor) ; unknown (sponsor)
1940 (Date of Event) ; unknown (Date of Construction)
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bronze (metal); marble (rock)
casts (sculpture); stone-built
G. Kalakallas (sculptor) ; unknown (sponsor), “Pindus Woman,” Hollins University Library Digital Exhibits, accessed August 16, 2022, https://digitalexhibits.hollins.edu/items/show/14.
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