Episkopi Tegeas and Archaelogical Place
Tegea village (Episkopi) is particularly famous for its remarkable archaeological site (1 km outside the village) and the festival that is held there in mid-August. The village also has a Folk Museum (open throughout the year), which was founded by Tegeatic Association and has a very rich collection. The archaeological site can be visited throughout the year, but for limited hours during the winter months (tel. +302710556540). The region has a rich history throughout the Classical, Roman, Medieval and the Byzantine eras. The scattered remains testify the importance of the region. The area of Episkopi was part of the ancient Tegea. There existed the market and the theatre of the ancient city. Parts of an ancient theatre of 4th century B.C. remain, and parts of a 2nd century A.D. theatre are also present. The ancient market is from the Hellenistic and Roman times, parts of which have been revealed ((the arcade). Furthermore, an altar of emperor worship (1st – 4th century AD), bedrocks of a Roman temple, parts of two old Christian churches, parts of the medieval city walls and ruins of a Byzantine settlement (10th - 13th century AD), have been found in the area. From the ruins of the two churches (Christian basilicas) the visitor can see a mosaic floor (5th - 6th century AD) representing the rivers of Eden (Geon, Fison, Effratis and Tigris) and the months. The floor that belongs to the famous Basilica Thyrsou has possibly been built over the ruins of an ancient temple of Apollo.
The church of Assumption that one can see today is built on parts of the ancient theatre. During the 11th or 12th century another church was built there but it was destroyed in 1888. The church of Assumption has kept the design of the original church. The important murals are the works of the famous Aginoras Asteriades (20th century). During mediaeval times the original temple was the metropolis of Nikiou and was protected by a fort and wide walls. Parts of the walls have survived north of the present church. The church celebrates on the 15 / 8 and the biggest festival of Peloponnese (13 to 20 of August with a number of events) takes place there.