Vervena of Arcadia


Throughout Greece and every season, a traveler can choose many and at the same time wonderful destinations.

Vervena, Arcadia, invites you to get to know them.

They are located on the west side of Mount Parnon. Twenty minutes from Tripoli, fifty minutes from Astros and just two hours from Athens. Visiting this wonderful mountain village of Arcadia is a unique experience. Decide it.

 In general, we can say that you will travel back in time. You will feel the harmony of the natural environment, you will enter even for a while, in a way of life simple, carefree, full of human warmth. Throughout the Greek countryside, but here in our Arcadia, the nostalgia of yesterday, the enjoyment of simple things and the relaxation from the difficult everyday life seem to coexist and are “generously” given to each visitor.

 Particularly :

1. Vervena is a beautiful traditional settlement with its own color, unique because the tourist development did not alter the essence of its traditional authentic character. It is masterfully integrated in the natural environment, built with materials provided by its place .. At an altitude of 1160 m. (The highest village in the province of Kynouria and one of the highest in Arcadia), the existence of large and wide roads, which serve locals and foreigners, is admirable.

2. REFERENCE TO THE RARE GEOMORPHOLOGY OF THE VILLAGE Its cleanliness, famous. Its alleys are flowery. Obsession for the inhabitants is the good reason that comes from foreign lips. Because they know that this praise is worth twice as much.

3. Its inhabitants, part and continuation of the landscape. Simple, simple, essential. The Doricity of their character, an asset hard to find nowadays…

4. Noteworthy: · The panoramic view of the entire Tegeatiko and Mantinea area.

· The Towers that played an important role in the revolution of ’21 (The tower of Papaioannou (Darveris), Marlagouzos, the Cretan, Adrachtas),

· The big Fountain,

· The I.N. Timiou Prodromou,

 · The church of Panagia etc.

And if you are lucky, you may also meet Pana, the son of Hermes and Dryope who runs on the slopes of the Berven mountains, “In the beautiful place where people like it, where are the sweet wines, the nice lads, lemongrass twigs » . DIANA

5. At sunset you will be enchanted by the unique games of light. You will see many sunsets in your life, few will remain in your memory 6. There are traditional taverns with good cuisine and local ingredients.

From our Municipality

Historic village known since the Revolution of 1821. Here was one of the two victorious battles under K. Karabelas against Mustafa Bey, the other was that of Doliana, which led to the Fall of Tripoli. One of the most mountainous villages of the Peloponnese at an altitude of 1160 meters, it has at its feet the plain of Tripoli. It is inhabited mainly in the summer, as well as the neighboring village of Ano Koutroufa, which is lost in chestnut and walnut trees. It is 40 km away from Tripoli and stands out for its stone and marble houses. Impressive is the Church of Panagia that has been built by Tinian craftsmen. The first printing house of the Struggle of 1821 operated in the village, while a marble plaque placed in 1920, reminds the fact of the arrival of Dimitris Ypsilantis in the village on June 21, 1821 where the Peloponnesian Senate was established. Ano Vervena was set on fire in 1826 by Ibrahim. Its inhabitants have been transferred to Kato Vervena, a seaside settlement near Paralio Astros, which is a tourist resort with a developed infrastructure and an excellent sandy beach.

From the “Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland Management Agency, 2015. Guide for the protected area of ​​Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland. Nature, Culture, Ecotourism. Astros of Arcadia “

. Vervena

The historic Vervena is a mountainous village of the Municipality of North Kynouria, in the northwestern slopes of Mount Parnon and at an altitude of 1,160 m. And at a distance of 42 km from Astros. In ancient times, according to the lexicographer Isichios, the Bervenians, an Arcadian genus, may have lived here. Significant archaeological finds have been found in the area of ​​the village, while in the place of Panteleimon, north of the village and at a distance of about 2 km are the ruins of the sacred temple of Artake of Knakeatida. There are ruins of Byzantine settlements around Vervena. Thanasis is a special figure in the area of ​​Kleftouria

In the much-sung Vervena, the visitor is pleasantly surprised by the majesty of the landscape and the architecture of the historic village. Every point and building of which awakens the pride and brings to life the memories of 1821, where some of the most glorious pages were written here. of the history of Karabelas, one of the most famous thieves of the Peloponnese, whose achievements were praised by the popular muse. In the revolution of 1821, Vervena played an important role, mainly due to its strategic location. Their camp was the first and one of the most important during the first days of the struggle. Here Kolokotronis had set up his headquarters, in the Tower of Augustus, before his attack against the Turks for the conquest of Tripolitsa. The first organized Tutorial of the Struggle also operated here and the heroic battle took place on May 18, 1821 (See p. 267). Important personalities of the Struggle passed through Vervena during the Revolution, including Dimitrios Ypsilantis, who addressed the fighters with an inspiring speech (June 21, 1821). The village was completely set on fire in 1826 by Ibrahim. The beautiful image of the village is completed by the imposing tower houses, the impressive stone houses, the picturesque alleys, the squares with the marble sculptures. Remarkable are the churches of Timios Prodromos and Panagia, a work of Tinian craftsmen from the beginning of the century, built with money from the Brotherhood of Vervenians from America. The only source of water in the village until the aqueduct was built was the “Great Fountain”, built in 1788 from white marble consisting of two arches corresponding to taps. The facade is decorated with reliefs depicting human figures, animals, trees and geometric patterns. Of remarkable interest are the works of the Bervenian sculptor Konstantinos Gavros, which dominate placed by him in prominent parts of the village. He was a popular, self-taught sculptor of the first twenty years of the 20th century and was influenced by the Tinian craftsmen who built the Church of the Virgin. The village is not inhabited in winter. Many inhabitants have been wintering for many years in the settlement of Kato Vervena, in Astros but also in many other places both in Arcadia and in the neighboring prefectures.

 Folk song of the Verbena

They pressed the Verbena – mother today they made them birgiani-hello leventi They got white, they got floria-mother today they got pearls-you got lads They also took a bride-good today walks-good today And it does not go back-the trees wither -Walk star, walk dawn-good today Walk the bride-baby ‘Verveniotopoula Do not be burdened by the flowers-baby today Do not be burdened by the tassel-baby’ Verveniotopoula -D floria-mother today I do not weigh the tassel-baby ‘Verveniotopoula Mon’ weighs me the child-good today that I left her in the crib-I curse the gums And I said to the cradle: rock it-baby today Let me go back-to do not forget it. (Collection: Ioannou I. Tyrovola)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Vervena (or Vervaina or Vervena, also known as the incorrect Ano Vervena) is a mountain village of Kynouria in the prefecture of Arcadia which has been characterized as a traditional settlement. They are built on the northern slopes of Mount Parnon at an altitude of 1,160 meters, being its most mountainous settlement and one of the most mountainous villages of the Peloponnese. They are 20 km from Tegea, Arcadia, 35 km from Tripoli and 45 km from Astros. The inhabitants live in the summer and during the winter months they move to Kato Vervena, Xiropigado, Astros but -to a lesser extent, to the surrounding settlements.

Ancient times

 In ancient times, the Bervenians, an Arcadian genus, may have lived here, according to the lexicographer Isichius [2], while the area of ​​the present village belonged to ancient Arcadia. The oldest relics that have been identified in the area date back to the 2nd millennium BC. and these are stone pickaxes found at Petra, where the homonymous fountain …………….

Greek revolution

 During the Revolution of 1821, Theodoros Kolokotronis founded a camp in Vervena and had set up his headquarters in the Tower of Augustus, which is still preserved. On May 18, 1821, the Turks from Tripoli, Arcadia, attacked the village camp, but were repulsed at the battle of Vervena and Doliana. On June 21, 1821, Dimitrios Ypsilantis arrived in Vervena from Odessa, Russia, where the Peloponnesian Senate had settled, where he was officially welcomed, which is mentioned on the marble slab, in the form of an open scroll, which was posted in 1920 in point of reception. In July 1825, the village was attacked by Turkish-Egyptian forces, while in 1826 it was set on fire by Ibrahim. ==================================

Verveniotes in Doliana From Astros News January 9, 2012 ~ By Panagiotis V. Faklaris

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 Kato Vervena, Arcadia Kato Vervena is a small settlement at the foot of Mount Za joke, 5 km from Astros Kynouria. It is the first settlement of the plain of Astros that we meet coming from Athens. It is the winter residence for most of the inhabitants of the mountainous Bervens.

 Until 1927 it was called Chereni. Then, on August 20, 1927, it was renamed Temenion [2], a name that lasted until November 13, 1984, when it received its current name. [3] / John Koutogiorgas

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