Thursday, October 19, 2017

Manesi

Manesi village is very close to Dendra and Midea.Manesi village is very close to Dendra and Midea. His name comes from Turks and Arvanites during the Ottoman domination.

The area was inhabited around 1540 by Arvanites who arrived there from Nafplion. Reference for Manesi exists in Venetian documents where the name belongs to the Manesis family.

As the village's name, Manesis was first found in the Grimani inventory in 1700 under the name "Zevgolatio".

For Manesi an important personality is the painter Georgios Karamanos, who was the first photographer of the region. References to it were from the state television in the period 1977 - 1978 entitled "The Village Photographer".

The inhabitants of the village are mainly engaged in livestock farming and agriculture with main products oranges, mandarins, olives and tobacco production, which for many years has been the main production of the inhabitants, has ceased and in its place there is the cultivation of citrus fruits.

Manesi is also famous for the traditional "giossa" dish that is a goat or ewe of age, aged over 6, who is no longer born and cooked in stone-built ovens.

During the summer season there is the feast of the gyros, where the many famous taverns of the village suffocate.

In Manesi there are many churches that you can visit mainly with the church in the square of the village, the Church of St. Constantine and Helen, where it was built by the people themselves with an exquisite 19th century marble bell tower.

Other churches that you can visit are Saint Nektarios, Prophet Elias on the hill of the village, the Virgin Mary and the Saints Pantes.

Manesi belongs to the municipal unit of Midea of ​​the Municipality of Nafplio and appears under the name Manesi and according to the 2001 census it has 660 inhabitants.

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