It is important to mention that the idea of building a monument in honor of the Macedonian warrior Pavlos Melas in the courtyard of the Church of Saint Paraskevi is Pisoderi came from Father Georgios Alevras, Hieromonk from Mount Athos. When Father George Alevras visited and venerated the place where Pavlos Melas’ head was buried, he strongly felt that he needed to bring this idea to fruition. The monument stands here today and we thank Elder George very much for that.
Pantelis Dafas, Pisoderio Forest Cooperative
Pavlos Melas Greek:Παύλος Μελάς, Pávlos Melás; March 29, 1870 – October 13, 1904) was a Greek revolutionary and artillery officer of the Hellenic army. He participated in the Greco-Turkish war of 1897 and was amongst the first army officers to join the Greek struggle for Macedonia.
He is considered to be a symbol of the Greek Struggle for Macedonia and many of his personal belongings can be seen in the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Thessaloniki and Pavlos Melas museum in Kastoria.