Monasteries and Churches: Parnonas was also named the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece.

Church of Agios Georgios in Agiannis Kynourias

The villages of Parnonas were Christianized around the 9th century and out of excessive respect many added the word Agios to their name, such as Agios Ioannis, Agios Petros, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Andreas, Agios Basilios, agioi Asomatoi,Agios Panteleimonas, Agia Sofia,Agios Georgios,Kosmas and filled the place with churches and monasteries. For this reason Parnonas was named and the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece.

It is indicative in Agiannis, in Prastos and in all the mountain villages there were many churches.

Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) before the revolution of 1821 had a total of 16 churches along with the chapels around the village, this says something about the respect of the inhabitants and the prosperity of the village for many years.

The population of Prastos in medieval times amounted to 9,000 inhabitants and Prastos then had 9 parishes, 30 churches. Monasteries

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

 Dozens of monasteries of Parnonas, sometimes rooted in steep cliffs, roots of the faith and soul of Christianity and sometimes on hills, ascension to the uncle and the dream. Founded for many centuries, they are a complex part of the history of the place, high examples of architecture, places of mental euphoria and rejoicing, paths of redemption and hope.

The mountain of Parnon was named “Second Mount Athos” or “Mount Athos of Southern Greece”, because it was inhabited during the reign of Constantine Pogonatos (668-685 AD) by Christianized inhabitants from Mount Athos, but also because no other Greek mountain presents such a large concentration of monasteries. The Christian presence on Mount Parnon up to its coastal shores is uninterrupted from the early Christian years (4th-7th century AD). This is confirmed by Christian archeological finds located in the wider area of ​​Thyrea. From the descent of the Slavs and then in the region follow the so-called “dark times”. Despite the devastation caused by the Avar Slavic invasion, the Greek population did not perish, while according to findings it flourished again in the 11th century. This is evidenced by the architectural sculptural members that are exhibited in the hall of the Library of Vourvourou. Remains of the Paleolithic Period are preserved on Parnonas (late Byzantine years) as well as findings that reveal a building boom in the early Ottoman years (1600 AD). Some of the monasteries in the wider area of ​​Parnon, both in Arcadia and in Laconia are presented in the following pages.

From Astros.

Nearby are the monasteries of Loukous (4 km) Palaiopanagia (5 km), Agia Triada (15 km) Malevi (26 km), Timiou Prodromou (36 km) Orthokostas (19 km), Elonas (63 km) in Leonidio , the church of Agia Theodora (94km) in Vasta near Megalopolis and Mystras (88km).

Of particular interest is the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Agiannis. The abundant icy water of the spring Prodromos flows through five canals, one is very low just below the church, as if the water seems to come through the church. Also the hagiographies of Agios Georgios in Agiannis, which were destroyed by Ibrahim in 1826 (17km).

Church of Agios Ioannis the Forerunner in Agiannis Kynourias

See the links below for detail posting for each topic

Psalms in Hagia Sophia 1500 years ago

Ο “Χερουβικός Ύμνος” όπως ακουγόταν στην ΑΓΙΑ ΣΟΦΙΑ μέχρι το 1453 – YouTube ΨΑΛΜΩΔΙΕΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΑ ΣΟΦΙΑ- Έτσι ακούγονταν 1500 χρόνια πριν – YouTube astrosgr.com/en / John Koutogiorgas Back to  Monasteries and Churches   Back to astrosgr.com/en /Dedicated to Thyreatis Land

Parnonas: the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece

Church of Agios Ioannis the Forerunner in Agiannis Agiannis was the capital of Greece of the Provisional Government of the Revolution, from August 15 to October 1 and “the neighborhood of Soulinari was the metropolis of Agiannis”, as our fellow citizen Giannis D. Kourbelis tells us. The village had a total of 16 churches along with … Continue reading“Parnonas: the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Holy Monastery of Loukous

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  Loukous Monastery is one of the most important living monasteries in Arcadia. It is located on the road between Astros and Kato Doliana and is 4 km away … Continue reading“Holy Monastery of Loukous”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Paleopanagia

  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 Parnonas: The current monastery of Paleopanagia, is located in a verdant ravine, 7 km from Astros. There was a Byzantine monastery perhaps in another place, honored in … Continue reading“Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Paleopanagia”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Malevi

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 Parnonas: The monastery of Malevi is one of the most famous in Arcadia. Built on the slopes of Mount Parnon, at an altitude of 950 m., It is … Continue reading“Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Malevi”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Holy Monastery of Timios Prodromos, Perdikovrisi

  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 Parnonas: Near the village of Perdikovrisi, in the gorge of the river Tanos, is the monastery of Timios Prodromos. It is built on a steep rock, in … Continue reading“Holy Monastery of Timios Prodromos, Perdikovrisi”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Monastery of Panagia Artokostas

  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 Parnonas The monastery of Artokosta or Orthokostas, is the “King Monastery” of Kynouria, with its traditional form preserved. It is located on a verdant slope and among … Continue reading“Monastery of Panagia Artokostas”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Agios Nikolaos-Panteleimon Kontolinas Kastanitsa

  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 Parnonas The monastery is located in a wooded forest area, between chestnuts and firs, 12 km from the settlement of Kastantitsa to Stravotrachi. Today the repaired katholikon … Continue reading“Agios Nikolaos-Panteleimon Kontolinas Kastanitsa”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

The Holy Monastery of Panagia Eloni or Elona

From “Astros” at a distance of about 67 km is the holy monastery of Elona, ​​which as a symbol of Tsakonia is hung and inaccessible on the red rock. In the route of Astros Leonidi there are many enchanting beaches that “the sun and the sea of ​​the Argolic” are in their grandeur. From Astros … Continue reading“The Holy Monastery of Panagia Eloni or Elona”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

The historic church of Agios Georgios in Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) Kynouria

The villages of Parnonas were Christianized around the 9th century and out of excessive respect many added the word Agios to their name, such as Agios Ioannis, Agios Petros, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Andreas, Agios Vassilios, Agioi Asomatoi, Agios Paneos Agios , Kosmas and filled the place with churches and monasteries. They also called many sites […]

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 5, 2022

The majestic church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) Kynouria

The majestic church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Agiannis. Plenty of icy water springs just below the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Agiannis. Just as the water flows through five canals, one is very low, as if the water seems to be coming through the church. In the 1960s Easter in Agiannis was a […]

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 5, 2022

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Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Arcadia see the link below

https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%9C%CE%BF%CE%BD%CE%AE_%CE%91%CE%B3%CE%AF%CE%B1%CF%82_%CE%A4%CF%81%CE%B9%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1%CF%82_%CE%91%CF%81%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B4%CE%AF%CE%B1%CF%82

The church of Agia Theodora in Vasta near Megalopolis.

Αγία Θεοδώρα Βάστα: Το εκκλησάκι που μπήκε στο βιβλίο Γκίνες

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Mystras, the Despotate of Morea

Εκκλησίες & Μοναστήρια του Μυστρά – Welcome to Sparta (exploresparta.gr)

In the link of the municipality below the monasteries: Malevis, Loukous, Timiou Prodromou, Orthokostas

Monasteries | DiscoverKynouria.gr

Below Maps for all the monasteries

https://www.google.ca/…/data=!3m1!1e3!4m50!4m49!1m5!1m1…

Below you can see the links with the churches of Agiannis from astros-kynouria News By Giannis D. Kourbelis

https://www.astros-kynourianews.gr/…

Parnonas: the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece

Church of Agios Ioannis the Forerunner in Agiannis Agiannis was the capital of Greece of the Provisional Government of the Revolution, from August 15 to October 1 and “the neighborhood of Soulinari was the metropolis of Agiannis”, as our fellow citizen Giannis D. Kourbelis tells us. The village had a total of 16 churches along with … Continue reading“Parnonas: the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece”

by Γιάννης ΚουρόγιωργαςSeptember 6, 2022

Sources Astros Kynouria News  / Greek

astrosgr.com/en / John Koutogiorgas

Psalms in Hagia Sophia 1500 years ago

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