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Founded by Christian settlers who after the Ottoman conquest withdrew
from the plains of Macedonia into the mountains, Kozani occupies the site of an
ancient town as archaeological finds in the area testify. Its safe position soon
attracted other Christians expelled from Epirus. With the 17th century came economic
development and urbanization.
Around the middle of the same century, Kozani was pillaged by Turks
from the vicinity, but two large waves of immigrants from Epirus about the same
time changed the face of the town. Kozani's growth and prosperity are linked with
Harisis Trantas (the son of Ioannis Trantas who had led one of the groups from
Epirus), "a good mason and builder who came to build stately
homes of two storeys," as one old document states, having secured privileges
by placing the town under the protection of the Sultan's mother.
In 1664 the foundations were laid for the magnificent church of Ayios
Nikolaos and the market, which housed the workshops of local craftsmen and the
shops of the guilds and Greek
merchants from central Europe. The commercial development of the 18th and
19th century also contributed to the growth of education and the arts.
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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