Mavrochori (Greek: Μαυροχώρι(οv) meaning "black town"; formerly Mavrobon, Μαύροβον;[1] Macedonian: Маврово) is a village in Greece near Kastoria on the shores of Kastoria lake which was in existence at least from 1380[2] and is denoted, under the name Mavrobo, in the British Baldwin & Craddock Map of Greece which was published on 1 January 1830 (printed by a printer at 47 Paternoster Row, London).[3]

The name Mavros, together with the name Krepeni, is found in a title deed executed by Serbian nobleman Nikola Bagaš.[4]


In the end of the 18th century the patriarch of the Mavrovitis family moved his people from the nearby Krepeni village to Mavrovo in order to avoid a plague pandemic, and it is believed that people were frequently moving between Krepeni and Mavrovo.[2]

The Monastery of Mavriotissa, originally named Mesonisiotissa (meaning "in the middle of the island"), was built near the village.[2]

Mavrovo had a historical relationship with both the Mavriotissa monastery as well as with the nearby village of Krepeni.[2]


  1. Pandektis: Name Changes of Settlements in Greece, Retrieved on October 2, 2012, compiled by the Institute for Neohellenic Research
  2. 1 2 3 4
  4. Nicholas K. Moutsopoulos, Kastoria, the Virgin of Mavriotissa (Athens: Friends of Byzantine and Ancient Monuments of Kastoria, 1967), 85. Cited in

Coordinates: 40°52′N 21°32′E / 40.867°N 21.533°E / 40.867; 21.533

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