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Below you will find activities and excursions that we suggest you. You can customize your schedule according to your preferences and your time by adding, removing or combining activities and excursions. We wish you a beautiful experience and enjoy the beauties of Arcadia and Greece.

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SERVICES - MARKETS - BANKS - PHARMACY - MEGALOPOLIS CITY

Megalopolis city

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για μεγαλοπολη           Η Μεγαλόπολη

At 18 km from our villa, after 30 minutes of distance by your means of transport, you can find the capital of the municipality belonging to the village of Ano Karyes, located in our villa, Megalopolis. In Megalopolis you will find an organized market for your shopping, for your banking transactions, for your medical or pharmaceutical needs. You can also take your walk in the city, drink your coffee and visit its ancient theater.

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Megalopolis and Antiquities

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Megalopoli, one of the most important cities of the prefecture, has its own contribution to the history of the region. It was built in 370 BC. by order of Thebes Epaminondas. Pausanias in "Arcadia" says that the theater was the largest in Greece.

It was in the antiquity a cultural and spiritual center that helped to cultivate the Arcadians spiritually. Even today, the splendor of the majestic ancient era keeps alive. The continuation of the theater was the stadium for athletic competitions. It is estimated that 18 and 20 thousand people could sit there. Excavations of the British Institute brought to light the sun, the orchestras, the presidencies, the lower stone stables of the theater, the lifts of the lanes and the foundations of "Thersilio", which was adjacent to the theater.

The "Thersilio" was the parliamentary chamber of ​​the Arcadians, the famous House of Myrion, in which representatives of all Arcadian cities took part. His name was taken by Thersilos, from Orchomenos, and symbolizes the idea of ​​the unity and democratic rule of the peoples. The existence of this building proves the profoundly democratic nature of the Arcadians, their free thinking, elements that have significantly influenced the entire later civilization of the region, but also the culture of the whole of Greece.

WALKING – PROMENADE from our villa

1. Ano Karyes – Our village

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Near the village there is a very strong and impressive location called "Kelia", where there is a fortified cave with mounds in the middle of huge vertical rocks, which was the base of kleftourias before 1821, there were those who were persecuted by the Turks, people of Karyes and the people of other near villages. In the area of ​​Ano Karyes there are several peaks of Lykaio Mount, some of which are historical "Diaforti" (Zeus bears), "Ai-Lias", "Tabouri", "Tzorokos", "Gavraki", "Trikorfi" Agios Konstantinos "," Agios Vasilios "," Psile΄i΄ko "and others.

 

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Around the current Ano Karyes (Karyes), there are several springs sparkling crystal clear waters that sweep away the thirst of every passerby, local and foreign, who is fortunate to find in the water springs. The village is mountainous and beautiful and is drowned in the green with walnuts, cedar, oak, white, pine, fir, holly, mulberry and fruit trees.

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Apart from the four-year period Panarcadia Lykaia is celebrated and celebrated on the 20th of July of Prophet Elias, where it celebrates the beautiful chapel next to the ancient marbles of the holy peak of the Arcadians and where the village and all round chips and shepherds offer free boiled goats, local cheese, bread and pure wine. Also every year, the last Saturday (All souls day) before the Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, there is the old custom called "On Rousaliou on Saturday" where religious, social cultural and very beautiful folklore events take place.

 

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The sights in and out of Ano Karyes are many and interesting.

  1. The Museum of Folk Art, one of the most remarkable of the Prefecture of Arcadia.
  2. The Cultural Center of the Village, a marvelous place of civilization, in the old stone renovated village school.
  3. The Village Library with numerous books and beside the bust of the village chief of 1821 Kiriakos Karagiannis.
  4. The room for social and cultural events and the youth meeting.
  5. The traditional old Watermill of the Village
  6. The Old Church with its square.
  7. The scenic water springs, "Krabova", "Mousga", "Vo’i’vonda", "Kerasia", "Vrysouli", "Pano Krabova", "Karnavolithi", "Katavolou", Trianta ","Chantakia", " Megali Vrissi " , "Ligouli Nero", "Gondista", "Mavropetra", etc., in places that are exceptionally nice for staying, resting and meditation, many of which are reconstructed and upgraded and are equipped with the necessary living rooms, shelters etc. e.g.

 

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2. Lykeo Mountain

PROPOSED EXCURSIONS (by car)

1st: Visit to Ancient Lycosoura & Agia Theodora Vasta

Starting from our villa, driving for 15 minutes and after 8 km distance, passing the picturesque villages of Lykaio and Lycosoura, you will come across a sign that will take you to the archaeological site and the museum of Ancient Lycosoura that can be visited for you. We advise you to call before you begin to ask about the working hours of the archaeological site.

Phones

Archaeological site of Lykosoura:    +302791025780

Ephorate of Antiquities of Arcadia: +30 2710 225 243, +30 2710 242745
                                                             Φαξ: +30 2710 242 227



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Archaeological Museum of Lycosoura

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To the south of the Prefecture of Arcadia, 15 kilometres from Megalopoli lies Lycosoura, where there is also an archaeological site dedicated to Despina, daughter of Demeter and Poseidon, and one of the most important deities worshipped in Arcadia. Within the archaeological site a Museum was built, which was intended to house the findings that would be brought to light by the excavations that had begun in 1903 by the Archaeological Society.

Inside the sanctuary of Despina stood the colossal complex of Damophon, which represented Despina and Demeter seated on thrones and surrounded by Artemis and the Titan Anytus. Fragments from this complex’s statues comprise the Museum’s main exhibits. Most of them are faithful reproductions, since the originals are displayed in the National Archaeological Museum. Originals that are displayed in Lycosoura include fragments from the complex’s podium, with their relief decorations. Apart from those, the Archaeological Museum of Lycosoura houses marble and clay votive offerings, inscriptions, sculptures, as well as various other small findings.

The Archaeological Museum of Lykosoura is a small museum situated in the Lykosoura region of Arcadia, very close to ancient Olympia and Megalopoli. According to mythology, the founder of Lykosoura was Lycaon. Pausanias refers to it as the first city to be built in Arcadia, which was in fact a model for the others that followed.

Lykosoura has many noteworthy monuments. One of them was the temple of Despoina, the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon; her cult being one of the most important in Arcadia. According to the myth, when Demeter was wandering in search of Persephone, her lost daughter, she reached Arcadia. Poseidon saw her there, fell madly in love with her and went after her. In her efforts to escape, Demeter transformed into a mare, and hid in a barn. Poseidon, however, also transformed into a horse, coupled with her and thus Demeter gave birth to another daughter, her name not found in any source. The Arcadians, however, called this daughter Despoina and worshiped her with special honours in this region. The temple they built in her honour is proof of the particular respect they showed towards this deity.

The sanctuary that contained the temple also contained an altar to Despoina, Demeter and other deities, as well as a large stoa, a fountain, remains of baths and other buildings of a religious nature, dating to the 2nd century BC. The Archaeological Museum was built within the sanctuary’s archaeological site and was created to house the antiquities coming to light from the excavations, including marble and clay votive offerings, inscriptions, sculptures, as well as various other fragments, both from the sanctuary of Despoina and the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mount Lykaion. The most important exhibits of the museum come from the colossal marble sculpture complex, attributed to the famous Messenian sculptor Damophon. This complex was found inside the temple, and depicted Despoina and Demeter sitting on a two seated throne, surrounded by Artemis with a hound, and Anytos, the Titan who brought up Despoina. Original fragments of this complex are exhibited today in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Copies of the heads of the statues of Demeter and Artemis and Anytos are on display in Lykosoura, as well as part of the sacred clothing of the gods. The only original fragments exhibited in Lykosoura are from the complex’s pedestal. There is also a whole representation of the complex in the museum as well as inscriptions and architectural parts of the temple and other buildings of the sanctuary.

Excavations in the sanctuary started in the late 19th century, when the temple was discovered at the location known as “Paliokastro tis Stalas”. At the beginning of the next century, archaeologist Kostas Kourouniotis and his team brought to light fragments of the Damophon complex, and the Archaeological Museum was built a little later, an important addition to this region, which is rich in evidence of a glorious civilization that peaked here many centuries ago, its flame, however, still burning to this day.

After you compensate for the archaeological site of Lycosoura, you can take the road leading to the picturesque village of Issaris. Driving for about 30 minutes more and after 20 km, you will pass the village of Issaris and you will reach the wonderful church of Aghia Theodora. There you can, after worship, drink your coffee or eat next to the wonderful church enjoying the beautiful nature.

Church of Aghia Theodora  ( Telephone : +302791081343 )

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The miraculous small church of Aghia Theodora is located near the village of Vasta, in Megalopoli, and is one of the most remarkable sights in Arcadia. Situated within a beautiful, green landscape, many times it has been called “a miracle of nature”: from its roof spring out 17 trees, whose roots penetrate the walls and end up in the ground!

This natural phenomenon is connected with a legend regarding the holy martyr Theodora, to whom this small church is dedicated: Theodora, a seventeen-year-old girl, was forced to leave her home and enlist in the army dressed as a young boy, in order to help her family out financially. A series of events, however, led to her martyric death outside her village. Her last wish, before she died, was for her years to turn into trees and for her blood to become their water. And so it happened…

This remote small church, built in the 12th century, attracts thousands of visitors each year, who come to pay their respects and also to admire this unique sight.

The region of Arcadia is brimming with churches and monasteries, evidence of the deep faith of its inhabitants, which served as a driving force during difficult times in the past. Each one of them has its own particularity, at least in the minds of the people who built them with deep faith and love. There are however others, which are “miracles of nature”, filling the visitor with awe for the glory of nature… One of these is the Church of Saint Theodora, close to the village of Vasta, in Megalopoli.

To reach it, visitors must start out from Tripoli, on the road towards Kalamata. Around ten kilometres past Megalopoli, one must turn towards Isari – Vasta, and then follow the last kilometres to reach the destination. The last part of the road, taking approximately half an hour, needs attention, because it has many turns and a steep descent; but at its end a unique view is waiting for the visitor. Inside a dense oak forest stands a small church, with 17 enormous trees growing on its roof. Under the church there is a stream that waters the trees, which have been standing there for centuries.

It is estimated that the church was built circa 1050 and 1100 AD, and is dedicated to the memory of the martyr, Theodora, who suffered there for her faith. According to tradition, the young Theodora was the eldest child of a poor family from Vasta. The Byzantine army was asking for mercenaries, but her father was elderly and could not take part in battle. Thus Theodora wanting to help her family financially, and enlisted in the Byzantine army dressed as a boy, calling herself “Captain Thodoris”. A young girl saw the “young soldier” and fell in love with him, not realizing his true identity. The continuous refusal of the soldier to respond to her love enraged the girl, who accused “him” of getting her pregnant, so that he should marry her. Theodora, being unable to reveal her true identity – because this would expose her family – accepted the severe accusation of dishonour, which led to her death.

According to another version of the story, Theodora was Augusta Theodora, daughter of Emperor Constantine VIII, and scion of the Macedonian dynasty, who is said to have reigned as a man for one year, in 1055-1056. Theodora was succeeded to the throne by Michael IV Stratioticus, who is said to have murdered her. According to another version, Theodora fell gravely ill and died.

Whichever of the two versions we accept, the story ends with Theodora making a wish shortly before she is executed that her years become trees and her blood water, to water them. Her wish was heard, and as a result the visitor today faces a unique phenomenon, one that ranks the Church of Saint Theodora amongst the most remarkable sites of Arcadia, actually entered in the Guinness Book of Records. The church celebrates every year on the 11th of September, attracting a number of believers.

2nd : Visit to the region of Falesia, located in the picturesque village of Leontari (visiting the Byzantine church of Agioi Apostoloi and the monasteries of Rekitsas, Bouras and Ambelaki)
3rd: Excursion to the waterfalls of Neda, visit to the archaeological site of Epicurius Apollo and to the village of Andritsena
4th: Visit to Megalopolis, Karytaina & rafting at Lousios river
5th : Excursion to the picturesque villages Dimitsana, Stemnitsa, Elliniko, Psari
6th : Excursion to the picturesque villages of Levidi, Vytina, Lagadia, Menalon Ski Center and Kapsia Cave
7th: Excursion to Ancient Olympia
8th : Excursion to Ancient Messene and in the city of Kalamata
9th : Excursion to the archaeological site of Mycenae and the city of Nafplion
10th : Excursion to Ancient Corinth, in the Corinth Canal and at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
11th: Excursion to the city of Sparta, in the castle of Monemvasia and in Diros Caves
12th: Excursion to Athens and the Acropolis
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