Vatousa is built on the slopes of a volcanic hill right in the middle of the greatest Lesvian volcanic crater. Stone buildings with clay tile roofs and cobblestone streets are standard in this settlement which is surrounded by oak forests and black pine (Pinus nigra) thickets. Furthermore, there is an abundance of yellow azaleas (rhododendron). The village’s name originates from the vicinity flora (Vatoessa), meaning abundant in thorn plants (“vata”).

The Gogos Archontiko (Mansion) is a significant site here now housing the Folklore Museum, the old Girl’s School, dating to the 19th century (presently the Community Guest House), the Church-Byzantine History Museum with important exhibits and the Boys’ School, presently housing the village primary school. One should visit the Taxiarches Church (built 1832-33), a non-domed basilica with its distinct cemetery and unique self-styled vaulted tombs, and the Dormition of the Theotokos Church (1850) built entirely of chiseled stones.


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