Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lefkakia

Lefkakia is located about 7 kilometers east of the city of Nafplion and at an altitude of 41 meters from the sea. The settlement is located on the main road Nafplio - Tolo and is built on five hills and between the mountains of Makryvouni and Agia Marina. The natural landscape that surrounds the village is unique, offering a magnificent view of the citrus plain.Lefkakia is located about 7 kilometers east of the city of Nafplion and at an altitude of 41 meters from the sea. The settlement is located on the main road Nafplio - Tolo and is built on five hills and between the mountains of Makryvouni and Agia Marina. The natural landscape that surrounds the village is unique, offering a magnificent view of the citrus plain.

Lefkakia still retains its rural character and presents a traditional architectural style as the houses (terraced houses with tiled roofs, blooming courtyards and wooden gates).

In Lefkakia there has been an increase in building activity over the past ten years. Buildings that are permanent or holiday homes are being built and this is due to the demand in the area, as it is a settlement with a traditional structure with good orientation, climate and views. It is also close to Nafplio and the coastal villages of Tolo, Drepano, Candia and Iria.

The village's water system, which operated a few decades ago, is a remarkable historical monument. It is a subterranean clay pipeline (contito), which fed with water from the old well, the old reservoir (both survive to this day).
The archaeological site next to the church of Ypapanti of Christ in the center of the village is a very important place since it is probably the temple of god Apollo. After excavations that took place in the area twenty years ago, the portic foundations of the temple came to light. The central church of the village of Ypapanti of Christ is built around 1880.

The temple of Agios Giannis, located west of the village's outskirts, is an equally important religious monument, built on a hill and ancient tower and probably dated back to the 14th-15th century AC. The temple has been built on the ruins of an ancient building that was probably either a fortification work of Argos or Ancient Asin, which is very close. The date of its erection dates back to the Ottoman period, while its architectural structure lends the character of the tiled basilica. Inside, the masonry has many hagiographies, but unfortunately neither the date of hagiography nor its creator has been known. There is also a local custom to pass the sick children out of a window on the north side of the church because the passage from the window is considered miraculous. Every year, on 28 and 29 August, the village residents honor Saint-Gannis with a feast and continue the custom of passing through the window.

The chapel of Agia Marina is built west of Ai-Giannis and on the mountain, next to the traces of an old church of Agia Sophia. The chapel offers a unique panoramic view of Nafplion as well as the Argolic plain and bay. The residents each year on

July 19th make a celebration and a great celebration to commemorate the memory of Hagia Sophia.

To the east of the village and very close to it, there is the little church of St. Thomas, where the inhabitants celebrate their memory with a feast on the first Sunday after Easter.

The attraction for nature lovers is the cave with the stalactites and stalagmites, which is located in the mountain of Agia Marina, unfortunately it is unexplored in its entirety.

Lefkakia belongs to the municipal unit of Nafplio of the Municipality of Nafplio and appears under the name Lefkakia and according to the 2001 census it has 731 inhabitants.

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