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The city was founded by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century AD. Following the sack of Constantinople in the 13th Century, many noble and wealthy families fled here, bringing a flourishing of wealth and culture to the city. From the 16th - 19th Centuries, it was a major center of Greek culture and enlightenment. It officially became a part of Greece in 1913 after the Balkan Wars.
Today, Ionnina is known for its graceful beauty, architecture, history, monasteries and mosques, universities and education, and culture.
People Born in Ionnina
Ionnina in People's Lives
Julius Caesar: I crossed the Strait of Otranto and entered this city in 49 BC, pursuing my enemy Pompey into Greece.