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05/02/2008

Vytina

University of Peloponnisos


Vytina
Vytina - Church of Agios Tryfonas
Church of Agios Tryfonas - Vytina's Square
Traditional store in Vytina
Traditional store in Vytina

Vytina is the capital of the homonymous municipality and is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Arcadia and Greece. Vytina is built at an altitude of more than 1000 m, within pine forests and is a traditional village with lovely stone houses. Due to its location, which gives easy access to a ski centre and the surrounding picturesque villages, its healthy mountainous climate and its many monuments, it is a very popular touristic destination. In Vytina there are excellent tourist facilities that are continually being developed. In the main square stands the church of Agios Trifonas built with local black marble. The village celebrates the name day of Agios Trifonas on the 1st of February. At the square one can also find the library, that houses important historical archives, and the Folklore Museum (tel. +3027950 22329 / 29010). The church of Agioi Apostoloi and the old school made of stone are also worth visiting. The locals go for walks on a road surrounded by walnut trees, known as the “Love Road”. Due to the exceptional climate of the region sanatoriums were built here that treated lung diseases. The most famous is the one just outside the village, known by the name Soldier's Mother. It was built in 1928 and operated up until1952 treating sick soldiers. Just outside the village is the Monastery of Kernitsa and the abandoned monasteries of Agioi Theodoroi and Panagia Sfyrida. A very picturesque path starting behind the Town Hall passes from the church of Agioi Apostoloi and leads to the Mylaontas River and the stone bridge of Zarzi. Nearby, lies Korakospilia, an impressive cave with stalactites and stalagmites. During the Greek fight for independence, Vytina provided shelter, supplies and medical services to the army of the revolution. For this reason it became a target of multiple attacks by the Egyptian General of the Ottoman Empire, Ibrahim. Korakospilia offered refuge to the local population in those days. Today, visitors can taste famous local products (pasta, dairy products, honey, etc.) and admire the traditional wood carvings and textiles produced in the village.

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