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05/02/2008

Maratha (Vlachorrapti)

University of Peloponnisos

The village Maratha, also known as Vlachorrapti, is built on a green slope. The stone houses are fine examples of traditional architecture. Maratha is considered one of the most picturesque villages of Gortinia. In the village, it is worth visiting the churches of Agia Triada and Agios Dimitrios and the folklore museum which is housed in the renovated old primary school. In the village square are the busts of the Angelopoulos family who originates from Vlachorrapti and has offered significant financial aid to the village and the wider region. The village today is a very good basis for alternative tourism, providing easy access to the rivers and the gorges of the region (Alpheios and Lousios). Although the village was established around 1600 AD the region was inhabited since ancient times. Ancient Maratha is also mentioned by Pausanias. Just outside the village at the crest of Agios Nikolaos (or Marathia) there are fragments of ancient fortifications, probably used for the protection of ancient Gortyna. Today, the visitor can see there, the small church of St. Nicholas. The view from the hill of St. Nikolaos is excellent. The famous stone masons from Lagadia built the church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Vlachorrapti, and the bridge of Koukos, located just a few kilometers outside the village. An ancient road crossed the plains of the region called the 5th Mycenaean road, which was later named the 84th Roman road. On the 16 / 8 of each year in the village the festival of the Shepherd takes place with traditional food and music.

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