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In the aftermath of the Battle of Pelagonia in 1259, much of Epirus was occupied by the Empire of Nicaea, and Ioannina was placed under siege.
In the treaty of partition of the Byzantine lands after the Fourth Crusade, Ioannina was promised to the Venetians, but in the event, it became part of the new state of Epirus, founded by Michael I Komnenos Doukas.
In 1430 an Ottoman army, fresh from the capture of Thessalonica, appeared before Ioannina.
The city surrendered after the Ottoman commander, Sinan Pasha, promised to spare the city and respect its autonomy.
It is also the seat of the University of Ioannina and of several departments of the Τechnological Educational Institute of Epirus, The city's formal name, Ioannina, is probably a corruption of Agioannina or Agioanneia, "place of St.
John", and is said to be linked to the establishment of a monastery dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, around which the later settlement (in the area of the current Ioannina Castle) grew.