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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pirgiotika

Pirgiotika is a small picturesque settlement with stone houses, which is built at an altitude of about 120 meters, thus offering an amphitheatrical view of the city of Nafplio at its highest points.

The village has about 400 inhabitants and is just 6 kilometers from Nafplio.Pirgiotika is a small picturesque settlement with stone houses, which is built at an altitude of about 120 meters, thus offering an amphitheatrical view of the city of Nafplio at its highest points. The village has about 400 inhabitants and is just 6 kilometers from Nafplio.

The origin of the village's name is due to the origin of its inhabitants. Some of them originate from Pyrgaki of Arkadia (a village near Vytina) from where the name Pirgiotika and the others from Roino of Tripoli. In the past Pirgiotika was considered an ideal pasture for the animals because of food and water and that is why the Arcadians brought their flocks during the summer months. In 1870 many houses were destroyed in the village of Pyrgaki due to landslide, forcing the shepherds to come to Pirgiotika and to settle permanently in the village, around the village square today.

There are five churches in Pirgiotika. The holy temple of Agios Georgios is the central church of the village, dedicated to the particular Saint to remember the Pyrgians, their origin. For this reason, at the feast of the Saints, every year they make a parade at the church of Agios Ioannis in Pyrgaki, where they have donated a picture of St. George. Every year they also visit the church of Agios Georgios in Roino Arcadia. Until a few years ago it was customary for the region to weigh the young children in St. George's Church, according to which the child weighed in pounds, so was the family's offer to the church.

The historic chapel of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos is located northeast of the village, about 4 km from the center. The date of erection of the temple and the style of its masonry is not easy to determine because all the walls have been covered with plaster. However, there are some traces of old frescoes, which prove that they have been crafted by artisans with intense influences from the Cretan School.

The other three churches in the village are Agios Taxiarches, Agios Nikolaos and Agia Paraskevi where the cemetery is located.

In Pirgiotika there are many taverns visited by the inhabitants of the surrounding areas, on the one hand, to enjoy the view of the Argolic Plain on the other hand, to taste nice recipes as the village has a tradition of pies, pastries, pastries and cheeses having local produce.

Pirgiotika belong to the municipal unit of Nafplion of the Municipality of Nafplio and appears under the name Pyrgiotika and according to the 2001 census it has 400 inhabitants.

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