The Kolokotroneiko meal at Astros in honour of Dimitrios Ypsilantis in 1821.

 The Greek state, recognizing the great contribution of the Karytsiotis School and the “Sacred Space” of the Second National Assembly of the Greeks to the Greek nation, declared it a “historic monument”, “historic site” and “archaeological site”.

Astros School

YA 47192/1433/11-6-1946 – Official Gazette 127/B/8-8-1946

“Let us declare as a historical preserved monument the school   in Astros where the second National Assembly met in 1823”.

Characterization of the Karytsiotis school square and part of the farm, in Astros Kynourias, as a historical site.

HY Ministry of Defense/GDAPC/ARCH/B1/Φ30/65069/3340/1-8-2005 – Official Gazette 1194/B/30-8-2005

 “We characterize as a historical place the remaining section of 18,850 square meters. of the old farm (with a total area of ​​46 acres), which belonged to the Karytsiotis School and within which the Karytsiotis School is located, as shown on the 1:1000 scale Land Map and marked with elements 1, 2, 3 to 15, due of the important historical events that took place in the specific area.

 This area is part of the farm – originally 46 acres, which Dimitrios Karytsiotis had donated to the School, which he had founded in 1805 – planted with orange, lemon and olive trees, the product of which was used to pay the School’s teachers and covering its expenses.

In this farm, two important events of the Revolution took place, the known as the “Kolokotroneiko meal  ” on June 19, 1821, to which the chieftains had come, in order to overcome their differences and agree on the success of the Revolution that was starting at that time, as also the Second National Assembly of the Greeks (March 30 to April 18, 1823) with the presence of chieftains, politicians, masses of people and the army. Within the School, which is included in the area under declaration, the declaration of the National Assembly was drawn up”.

 The Astreini tradition brings Kolokotronis to set a meal, in 1821, at the Astros in honour of Dimitrios Ypsilantis, known as the Kolokotronei meal. Dimitrios Ypsilantis came by ship to Paralio Astros, there were no other means of transport at the time, and from there Kolokotronis, Akuros and other soldiers with army units escorted him triumphantly to his intermediate destination in Astros, where there was a meeting and a meal with the military, where he read the document of his brother Alexandros Ypsilantis appointing him “power of attorney of the General Commissioner of the Authority”. The meal took place in the declared “historical site” by the Ministry of Education and Culture, “Karytsiotis farm” under the tilio, which still exists and is slowly dying, and there is a relevant sign on the site, next to the Karytsiotis School (now the Archaeological Museum of Astros).

After the meeting with the military in Astros, through Agiannis and Agios Petros, he arrived at his final destination, at the historic camp of Verbena, where ten thousand soldiers and people received him in triumph. A big and important step for the national renaissance was a fact and Tripolitsa understood it, the strata of Moria were decisively, definitively and conclusively closed

G. Tercetis mentions “Dimitrios Ypsilantis and Kolokotronis were eating in the shadows of the Astros trees”.

 Kolokotroni’s assistant Fotakos reported after the table: “From Astros we passed to Agios Ioannis, and from there, after having lunch in the arches of Agios Petros, we arrived at Verbaina”.

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