The historic Astros of Kynouria

The historic Astros and Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) are one community.

Welcome to the historic Astros where in 1823 the Second National Assembly of the Greeks took place.

The historic Astros is built at an altitude of 75 m. In the center of the plain of Thyrea, 40 km southeast of Tripoli and 33 km southwest of Nafplio and belongs to the prefecture of Arcadia. Astros and Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) Kynouria have been a community for at least eight hundred years.

With the first administrative division of the Greek state in 1835, it joined the Municipality of Thyreas, which had its original seat in Agios Ioannis from 1834. From 1841 to 1912, it was the winter seat of the Municipality of Thyreas, Agiannis was the summer seat. The Municipality of Thyreas was established by decree of 9 (21) November 1834/12 May 1835, according to which the first municipalities of Arcadia and Kynouria were established. In 1912, the old Municipal system of 1834 was abolished and the communities were established. The following communities emerged from the Municipality of Thyreas: Astros, Vervena, Xiropigadou, Paralio Astros, Meligou, Platanos and Haradros.

Since 1912 the settlement was the seat of the community of Astros which evolved into the Municipality of Astros in 1985. Since 1997 Astros is the seat of the Municipality of North Kynouria. The first official reference of the city with the name “Astros” is found in a gold bull of the year 1293.

 For many centuries before the revolution of 1821 in different reports and maps the two settlements Astros and Agiannis are mixed, Astros refers to Astros, becomes Agiannis, Kalivia Astros, Agiannitika huts and Agiannis refers to Agiannis, becomes Astros, Astros, and Agiannis of Astros. It seems that Astros started from the xerokambi and the castle of Oria, Estella, which is located near Agiannis, to the castle of Paralio Astros or also Estella, (which is also mentioned in many maps as a castle), and its core was its inhabitants Agianni and today’s Astros and the settler of Paralio Astros, Agiannitis Akouros, who knew his place better than all of us, certainly agreed with them.

 Astros and Agiannis have been a community for at least eight hundred years and most importantly the inhabitants are the same, they had and still have houses in Agiannis and Astros. Let us also remember what Thucydides told us, “the inhabitants are the states”…, not are states, cities and castles.

 In the historic Astros of Kynouria we have it all.

“Here, the Second National Assembly of the Greeks met on March 30, 18 April 1823”

The “Holy Space” of the Second National Assembly of the Greeks is undoubtedly one of the most important historical monuments not only of Kynouria but also of our homeland.

1) We are close to everything ..

2) We have the “sun and the sea” of the Argolic, with many enchanting beaches.

3) We have a long history and very important archeological monuments

4) We have Parnon, “our mountains and our castles”.

 5) We are the “Mount Athos” of Southern Greece.

 We have our neighbors and the right infrastructure for holidays for everyone and for families.

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“We are close to everything and we have it all.”

Astros is not the center of the world, but it is very close to the most important Archaeological Sites and Museums of our country that with day trips from Astros are easily visited by many of our friends when choosing Astros for the basis of their annual vacation.

Palamidi in Nafplio (33 km), Mycenae (43 km), the Epidaurus Theater (70 km), Olympia (170 km), the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens (170 km), Delphi ( 288 km) and Mystras (88 km).

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How to get there and map

 The Municipality of North Kynouria, based in the historic Astros, consists of 26 Local Apartments and 40 settlements, located in the northeastern part of the Prefecture of Arcadia and east is bathed by the waters of the Argolic Gulf. We have a long history and very important archeological monuments.

 Archaeological Sites and Museums of the Thyreatis Land

 THOUKIDIDIS Stories (2.27.1-2) [2.27.1

  “Ἀνέστησαν δὲ καὶ Αἰγινήτας τῷ αὐτῷ θέρει τούτῳ ἐξ Αἰγίνης Ἀθηναῖοι, αὐτούς τε καὶ παῖδας καὶ γυναῖκας,…..2.27.2] ἐκπεσοῦσι δὲ τοῖς Αἰγινήταις οἱ Λακεδαιμόνιοι ἔδοσαν Θυρέαν οἰκεῖν καὶ τὴν γῆν νέμεσθαι, ….ἡ δὲ Θυρεᾶτις γῆ μεθορία τῆς Ἀργείας καὶ Λακωνικῆς ἐστίν, ἐπὶ θάλασσαν καθήκουσα. καὶ οἱ μὲν αὐτῶν ἐνταῦθα ᾤκησαν, οἱ δ᾽ ἐσπάρησαν κατὰ τὴν ἄλλην Ἑλλάδα”.

History of the Municipality of North Kynouria

In all of Thyeratida Earth (Thyrea) it is not an exaggeration to say that a small stone and you will find a historical monument and an archaeological treasure. In Astros, March 30 – April 18, 1823, the Second National Assembly of the Greeks met, with the main purpose of the revision and modernization of the Constitution which had been voted in 1822 AD, during the First National Assembly in Epidaurus, for this and was named “Law of Epidaurus”. The Karytsioti school played a leading and decisive role in making Agiannis the capital of revolutionary Greece from August 15 to October 1, 1822. Like Astros, all the neighboring villages have contributed much to the Greek revolution of 1821 and have a long history. The most important historical villages are Agios Ioannis <Agiannis>, Vervena, Doliana, Agios Petros, Prastos, Kastanitsa, Paralio Astros, Korakovouni and Sitaina.

In the neighboring Tsakonochoria, Prastos, Kastanitsa, Sitaina, Agios Andreas, Leonidio and Tyros, the Tsakonian dialect is spoken until today, which has its roots in ancient Doric, “today they speak ancient Greek”. In Tsakonian villages there are signs with the inscription “Kaour Ekane”, which means welcome. The Tsakonian “ts’es’ poiou” means what you do (comes from the ancient  verb I do ).

We have the right infrastructure for holidays for everyone and for families Today Astros and Thyrea in general is a beautiful small town that has everything it needs to please and the most demanding visitor. Athens is 170 km, about two hours, the airport about 200 km and ‘Astros has the best and “famous Attic climate“, without the exhaust gases of Athens (the real distance directly from Athens is about 100 km opposite Piraeus ..)

Accommodation / Food, Useful telephones and services

Astros and Thyrea have a health center, banks, restaurants, hotels, stadiums, shops, many gas stations, many cars and whatever else the small towns have and Tripoli and Nafplio are close to half an hour. Astros has become a global holiday destination and our secret is “whoever comes to our place will definitely come again and will definitely bring his friends”, as the German guests from a fellow citizen did. In Paralio Astros it has apartment owners from Athens and the Diaspora, who often come to enjoy the enchanting beaches of the Argolic in a wonderful Attic climate. Astros and Thyrea are visited regularly every year by Germany, Italy, France, England, Athens, our entire homeland, the Greek Diaspora and the whole world. It is no coincidence that we heard on Portes beach a friend of ours from the Diaspora who said in a court from Italy, our regular visitor for ten years, “you will surely become mayor soon”. Also “little Paris” Agiannis and the other traditional villages of Parnon are very close.

We have it all and we are close to everything, we are waiting for you in the hospitable historic Astros, Kynouria.

Astros and Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) are one community.

Welcome to the historic Astros where in 1823 the Second National Assembly of the Greeks took place. / John Koutogiorgas

The historic Agios Ioannis (Agiannis) of Kynouria.

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