Traditional Mani villages in Peloponnese
Mani in Lakonia Greece is known for its plethora of picturesque towns and traditional villages, like Kardamili, Limeni and Areopoli and so many more. Amongst these, Karavostasi in Itilo is considered as one of the most charming ones.
Karavostasi, Kardamili & Other Mani Villages
Karavostasi is only 7 kilometers away from the municipal capital of Areopoli and just 34 kilometers from Kardamili. Other Mani villages include Stoupa, Lagada, Tseria, Kastania, Limeni, Gythion, Vathia, Kotronas and Gerolimenas. All the houses, museums and public buildings in these villages follow the local traditional architecture, in order to perfectly blend with the environment and the landscape of Lakonia, in southern Peloponnese.
Taygetos mountain in Peloponnese
Mani is considered to be Taygetos’ peninsula. Taygetos mountain is the highest in the Peloponnese, with an altitude of 2.407 meters. It’s about 115 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide, extending to the prefectures of Messinia and Lakonia. During the winter there is a lot of snow covering the firs and black pine trees, creating a magical view for the visitors. Many Mani villages are built on the Taygetos mountain, where until recently access was quite adventurous. Taygetos ends up in Cape Tainaron, which is the southernmost continental place in Greece.
Mani Lakonia in Greece
Itilo takes its name after the hero of the Greek mythology Itilos, who was the son of Amfiaktanas.
It seems that Itilo has actually been inhabited even since antiquity. More specifically, during the Homeric years, Itilo was part of Menelaos’ kingdom. The historian Pafsanias mentions that it was one of the most important cities in the region. Nowadays, remnants of ancient monuments and inscriptions can be found around the beach, where the Temple of Serapis is located.
During the Ottoman Empire, a lot of Byzantine royal families lived in Itilo, like the Komninos, Medikos and Giatrianos clans. Between 1672 and 1674, a lot of habitants from Mani moved to Italy. The Giatrianos family moved to Tuscany, the Komninos family moved to Genoa, while other members of these families moved to Corsica. Times were very difficult for Greece back then and the richest families chose to emigrate, instead of surrender themselves to the Turks.
In 1770 the Russian Navy docked in Itilo and the Admiral Theodor Orloff together with the very important for the region Mavromichalis family and many of the locals started the 1770 revolution.
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