Agios Andreas of Arcadia

Agios  Andreas is 9 km away from Astros

From our Municipality-

Kefalochori of Tsakonia. With the tradition of the area preserved unchanged. It is 6 km from Astros and is located on the road to Leonidio. Village with constant population growth and tourist development with infrastructure and overgrown with olives and citrus fruits. The green settlement of Agios Georgios and the model settlement for the expatriates, the Arcadian Village, belong to its borders. The visitor can find rooms for rent, taverns, holiday centers, beaches with crystal clear waters and suitable for water sports. The village is characterized as a “gateway” for the picturesque Kastritochoria, since one can visit Kastanitsa, Prastos, while 5 km outside the village begins the unique gorge of Zarbanitsa. The visitor can also see the ruins of ancient Anthini near the port of Agios Andreas, the metochi of the Orthokostas Monastery which has a church dedicated to the Annunciation and a tall tower and the stone arched bridge over the river Vrasiatis. In the village also all seasons of the year festivals and cultural events are organized.

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 “.

 Agios Andreas, the main village of the area with stone-built, traditional houses, is surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. The village is 9 km away from Astros and most of its inhabitants speak the Tsakonian dialect. In its typical paved square, in the center of the village, there are cafes, shops and restaurants. Special festivals are the festivals of Agios Panteleimon, Ypapantis, Agios Apostolos, Profitis Ilias and the rich Constantine and Eleni, while many cultural events take place throughout the year (music events, carnival, etc. .). .

At a distance of 3 km east is the beach of Agios Andreas, which extends to a great length, where the remains of the old mill still stand, which over time is handed over to the power of the sea (See p. 222). The picturesque port marks another rich and beautiful image of the area. Near the coast is a small rocky hill, known as “St. Andrew’s Island”. In this place there are ruins of a cyclopean wall that according to archaeologists belong to the ancient Kynourian city of Anthini. Parts of the outer fortification with towers of the 5th – 4th c. e.g. Later the settlement was moved lower to the sea, where Late Roman ruins and additional fortifications from Byzantine times are preserved. Also of archeological interest is the hill of Heronisios which is located north of the Island (2 km NW). Finds from the early Bronze Age, from the Geometric to the Archaic times, were found here. The plain of Agios Andreas is crossed by the river Vrasiatis, inside the riverbed of which shortly before its estuary, there is an elaborate two-chamber stone bridge (See photo p. 227). The visitor of the area has the opportunity to be found 5 km west of Agios Andreas in the enchanting world of the gorge of Zarbanitsa (See p. 123).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Agios Andreas is a settlement in the municipality of North Kynouria, built on the slopes of a hill near the sea, next to a plain overgrown with olive trees. It is located on the road Astros-Leonidio at a distance of 6 km from the first. At this point the gorge of Zarbanitsa ends as the river Brasiatis also crosses, just before its estuary in the Gulf of Thyreatiko. It is the Kefalochori of the area and is inhabited mainly by Tsakones. · At a distance of 3 km is the beach of Agios Andreas with a picturesque harbor. On a hill near the spot one can see the ruins of a cyclopean wall that according to archaeologists belong to the ancient Kynourian city of Anthini. Also nearby is an old stone arched bridge. · At the borders of the community is the model settlement for the expatriates, Arkadiko Chorio, the last settlement before South Kynouria. · The village has a football club called A.M.S. Boiling.

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 “.

The Tsakonian dialect is spoken by Leonidio, Pragmatefti, Melana, Tyros, Sapounakeika, Agios Andreas, Prasto, Sitaina, Kastanitsa. Settlements: Sampatiki, Livadi, Vaskina, Paliochora, Agios Panteleimonas (Fouska), Dernikeika The Tsakonian dialect The Tsakonian dialect, the Tsakonian dance, the costume, the customs and traditions of the Tsakonians, are another dynamic of the Parnon area. According to the “Chronicle of Monemvasia “:” And the prefectures and peasants of the threshing floors settled in the rugged places adjacent to it, and at the end the jaconia were named “. The Tsakones, as true descendants of the Dorians, kept their roots intact and the Tsakonian language is still the living expression of the Doric dialect. In the cradle of Tsakonia, today insists on walking and creating in the footsteps of yesterday in a perpetual and uninterrupted breath of Greece.

The special linguistic treasure of our place The Tsakonian dialect has been included in the list of endangered languages ​​of UNESCO and is recognized as a cultural achievement and a unique treasure of culture. The language was preserved genuine and unadulterated in the mouths of ordinary people, peasants, shepherds and farmers. In the wishes, in the greetings, in the curses, in the everyday expressions, in the teasing and the jokes, there is for centuries now the linguistic treasure of the Tsakonians. In this special part of the Greek land called Tsakonia (the cradle of Tsakonia was Prastos, Kastanitsa and Sitaina), in these rugged places, the inhabitants of the area, with few means, not only survived, but left behind a valuable heritage, the Tsakonian tradition, the beautiful language, the unique evocative Tsakonian dance, the Tsakonian songs, the weaving art, their habits, what we call today customs and traditions. All this composes the identity of the place with a living language that is in the hands of the Tsakonians, but also of all Hellenism, to embrace it and protect it from oblivion

See the link… / John Koutogiorgas

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