Modern and Ancient Tegea
The Municipality of Tegea is around the same area as ancient Tegea, one of the most important cities of ancient Peloponnese. The region has been inhabited since prehistoric times, where Tegea’s residents participated in the Trojan War and became members of the Achaian Confederacy. The city had minting rights (5th century BC). The importance of the city was reflected by the various events and games (Public Dinners, Aleaia, Alotia), that took place as well as a parliament with 300 members. The ancient city covered a large area and the few ruins are scattered in the wider region. More specifically, in Alea, there are parts of the once admirable temple of Athena. In Episkopi there are parts of the theatre of the town, on part of which is now built the church of Koimisis of Theotokos. Substantial findings from the region are kept in the archaeological museum of Tegea. The city gradually declined after the Roman era, was destroyed by the Goths (4th century AC) and virtually disappeared after the 7th century AD. During the time of the Franks, Tegea became once again an important centre of the region until its destruction by the Byzantines (late 13th century). Today Tegea organizes the biggest feast of Peloponnese from the 13 to the 20 August with many events.