Ioannina is a town on the shore of Lake Pamvotis in Epirus, Greece. Integrated to the Ottoman empire in the XVth century, it has remained a cultural and economic center throughout its history.
Between 1789 and 1822, it was associated with the name of Ali Pasha, who was appointed ruler of Ioannina by the Turkish authorities. He later expanded his power over most of Epirus and Albania, while keeping a picturesque and brilliant court in Ioannina. He was assassinated by order of the Sultan.
Born in Albania in 1741 or 1744 Ali Pasha became somewhat renowned in Europe thanks to Lord Byron, who wrote about his visit to the court, and thanks also to his relations with France and England.