Zagora (Greek: Ζαγορά) is a village and a former municipality in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zagora-Mouresi, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 96.101 km2.
Zagora is located north of Volos and west of Chorefto and is connected to the former by Greek National Road 34.
First mentions of the settlement under its current name come from the 13th century. In the 14th century Magnesia came under the control of the Republic of Venice and the Catalans
The Venetian and Catalonian connections proved to be fruitful for the Zagorians. A large fleet was constructed in Zagora's port, Chorefto, and extensive trade of silk begun. The Zagorian galleys reached as far as West Africa and Scandinavia.
The name is derived from the Greek term for "animal market" (Greek: Ζωαγορά). There was a large annual market where animal from as far as Romania and Egypt were bought and sold.
Places of interest
The library of Zagora, is known for its collection of rare books. The school of Rigas Feraios or Hellenic Museum as it is known, is the oldest school on Pelion. Rigas Feraios was among its students.
Education and commercial activity
Zagora has a primary and a secondary school, five churches, six coffee houses, two bakeries, two banks, a post office, and seven squares.
Patriarch Callinicus IV of Constantinople
Yannis Kordatos, scholar
Alexandros Pantos, founder of Panteion University