The cultural center and folklore museum of Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) Kynouria


Recently, on August 13, 2021, the cultural center of Agiannis was inaugurated, which includes a folklore museum, a shadow theater exhibition and a lending library.

A wonderful job, as the president of the landscaping association of Agiannis Stratis Dalianis said, is the work of a group of people who helped to make it happen. The members of the landscaping association of Agios Ioannis and the friends of Agiannis, out of love and excessive interest for our village and our place, did what they could with their time and offerings, without powers, static studies and seals. Let them be followed by our competent and other fellow citizens, so that they become more self-evident for our place, such as the final and irreversible opening of the “Holy Space” of the 2nd National Assembly of the Greeks and its promotion on the website of our municipality, and finally, after so many static studies, the opening of the Archaeological Museum of Astros.

The folklore museum is housed in the primary school of Agiannis that was built in the 1960s, at the entrance of the village in Koutri, in the place that was the famous marble School of Karytsioti. Our great benefactor Dimitrios Karytsiotis <1741-1819>, was born in Agios Ioannis <Agiannis> and according to the Agianniti tradition, he left “with one tsarouchi”. Our great benefactor, a powerful Agiannitis patriot of the Diaspora, found a way to allow the 400 years of conquering Turks, before the Greek revolution of 1821, the acquisition and operation of the Karytsiotis school in Agiannis in 1798 and in the Karytsiotis school branch , which opened in 1805.

The museum will be open every day from 6pm to 8pm, otherwise if anyone wants to learn more or visit it can call 6973738850, Mr. Stratis Dalianis.

Also on the 13th of August 2021, in the place Koutri in Agiannis, an event was held by the landscaping association of the village with the theme of Dimitrios Karytsiotis Great Benefactor, School of Karytsioti, Unveiling of his bust.

Our compatriot Nikolaos Barlas, son of Michael from the Diaspora and distant Toronto, Canada, responded to the first call of the president of the landscaping association and financed the bust of Dimitrios Karytsiotis, expressing his love for the place where he lived. Nikos Barlas, a successful businessman in the foreign land he lives in, has from time to time helped other clubs and for that we are grateful and we wish him to be always well and to always have his mind in our village. The club decided to honor Nikos Barlas by appointing him an official member and awards a plaque and a commemorative diploma of honor. At this point, the niece of Nikos Barlas received the commemorative plaque and the diploma of honor and with the request to convey to her uncle the love and gratitude of the people of Agianni to him. Then the unveiling of the bust of Dimitrios Karytsiotis took place.

It is relevant to our topic how the Astros Museum started and operated in the 1950s and 1960s, our late fellow citizen “ancient Greek” our respected professor Kyriakos (Koulis) Hasapogiannis. The idea of ​​the Astros Museum was started and became a reality by our late respected professor (it was not “transformed” by anyone, it was “made” by our late respected professor). In the 1950s and 1960s Astros had a museum and today the Archaeological Museum of Astros remains closed after the pretext of the crack and with the trap of studying the pretext of static adequacy. At the same time, our municipality “forgot” the creation and catalytic offer for the Astros museum of our respected professor Kyriakos (Kouli) Hasapogiannis and distinguishes unjustifiably and narrow-mindedly on the website of our municipality by chance employees of the Ministry of Culture in 1985, let there be a museum 1950.

Our fellow citizens, members of the landscaping association of Agiannis, friends of Agiannis and the Agiannites of the diaspora practically take in their hands what belongs to them, do not wait for the Ministry of Culture and the authorities to “study” them, approve and seal them. As they did recently in Agiannis and as our professor did in the 1960s, they will soon open the “Holy Space” of the Second National Assembly of the Greeks and the Archaeological Museum of Astros, there are no more unjustified excuses and pretexts. / John Koutogiorgas

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