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05/02/2008

Asea

University of Peloponnisos


View of the settlement of Asea
The settlement of Asea
Church in the settlement of Asea
Monument in the settlement of Asea
Spring in Asea village

Being the capital of the Municipality of Valtetsi, Asea consists of two settlements, the Ano and Kato Asea. The distance between them is about 5 km. In Kato Asea there are the ruins of ancient Asea. Asea was an important city of the ancient world, which took part at the battles of Plataea and Mantineia. The city had minting rights copper coins, which was a sign of importance in ancient times. The residents of ancient Asea were also the first that pointed to the Arcadian Counsil the need for the establisment of a strong common Arcadian city able to stop the expansionistic Sparta, as later came to be Ancient Megalopolis. Visitors can see the ruins of the citadel of the city and part of the walls. The excavations have brought to light evidence of occupancy from the prehistoric period. Key findings from ancient Asea are in the Peloponnesian museums, in the Currency Museum of Athens University and in the Archaeological Museum of Gothenburg, Sweden. From the Ano Asea and the top of the hill of Prophet Elias, the visitor can see the bases of the ancient temple of Poseidon and Athenas Sotiros. The springs of Alpheios River are also in the area. The abundance of water in the region was known from antiquity. In Kato (Lower) Asea is the source of the Alpheios, known as Fragkovrysi, described by Pausanias. The fountain unfortunately does not exist today. Even today, the remaining ruins bear witness to the history of the place. Every year the village organises festivals such as the cherry celebration, the potato festival, the feast of Metamorphosis (13/8) and the Folk Song Competition, held each August.

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