Photos

Photographer's Note

The picturesque small town of Areopolis (older name "Tsimova") is the real "capital" of Mani region. The old part of the town, the fortified settlement is really beautiful and atmospheric. Stone prevails everywhere on the walls of the old houses and in the narrow alleys. You can see some typical Maniat "towerhouses" and byzantine churches.

It is said that the town of Areopolis was dedicated to Ares (Mars), God of war (Areopolis= "town of Ares"). Others say that the name comes from the word "Αέρας" ("Aeras"=Wind), because the wind blows strong in the region. In the square of 17th of March, you can see the church of "Panmegiston Taxiarxon" with its imposing belltower (in the background). The 17th of March 1821 is a very important day for Areopolis, because it was the day the Greek Revolution for Independence against the Ottoman empire, started from the square of the town, even before the "official" day (25th of March 1821).

***MANI-LAND OF STONE & LIGHT (THEME)***

Copyright © 2010 – Hercules Milas. The reproduction, publication, modification, transmission or exploitation of any work contained herein for any use, personal or commercial, without my prior written permission is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Photo Information
Viewed: 2471
Points: 80
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Hercules Milas (Cretense) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5346 W: 74 N: 17010] (68681)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH