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05/02/2008

Alonistena

University of Peloponnisos

Alonistena is a traditional settlement and also due to its monuments it has been proclaimed a cultural heritage village. Alonistena is built on Mount Menalon at an altitude of 1200 m. The village is in an excellent location in a fir forest. As the place of origin of Theodoros Kolokotronis' mother, it played a very important role in the revolution, and served as a base for the operations. For this reason, it was destroyed twice by the Ottoman army. Today, at the village's square there is a monument for Kolokotroniís mother, Zambia Kostaki, as well as her tomb next to the church of Agia Paraskevi. After his father's death, Theodoros Kolokotronis lived in the village. The house of his childhood is preserved until today. The Church of Agia Paraskevi of the 18th century is of particular interest because of its wooden iconostasis. Near the square there is an old water mill. Through the cobbled streets of the village, the visitor will have the opportunity to see the impressive work of the famous stone masons of Lagkadia. The Dimitrakopoulos house is one of the most known mansions of the village, built in the 19th century. Another attraction is the fountain of Agios Nikolaos, the largest of the village, located next to the springs of the Elissonas river. The river crosses the village and its fountain is a meeting place for the locals. Next to the faucet there is an old inn where passengers used to rest and care their animals. In Alonistena, many ancient items such as tombs, statues, coins, and more have been found. It is believed that the ancient settlement Ellisona was located there. Moreover according to Pausanias, the ancient town of Phalanthos was also in that area, but has not yet been found. The village celebrates Agia Paraskevi's Name Day with a festival.

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