Decorative & Religious Art

One of old Zagori’s most distinct
art forms was the widely used
decorative art for both
religious and secular architecture,
furniture, tools & utensils
or other everyday items.
Selections of a small number
of samples of both traditions
are presented in galleries below.

Old decorative art

Secular art was mostly exercised in house decoration of the Zagorians, as well as in clothes and textiles of both, old Zagorians and Sarakatsani transhumant (seasonal movement of livestock) shepherds.
There are still many Zagori houses decorated with murals in various villages, mostly the work of Chionadite painters. Unfortunately none of them are yet open to public visits. But getting close to the locals and asking them for permission, there is a good chance that a foreigner will be invited to visit such decorated houses, especially during summer months or holidays, when most houses are re-inhabited.

Religious art

Religious art is found mostly in the region’s 25 monasteries and convents, as well as in its hundreds of churches and chapels, spread all over the 46 Zagori villages and their surrounding areas.