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The picturesque and historic Karytaina, a few kilometers south of Stemnitsa, is one of the most impressive preserved settlements of Arcadia.

. It is crowned by an imposing Frankish castle that played an important role in the Greek Revolution, surrounded by virgin nature that is sculptured by the rivers Alfio and Lucio while not far from the most important ancient Arcadian sanctuary, Lykosoura. During the Ottoman conquest it became a center for tobacco, silk and wine while today there are two-storey stone houses, many post-Byzantine churches, all-active water mills, fountains and amazing stone bridges and ruins. Around Karytaina there are many small mountainous villages: Kalyvakia, Karvouniaris, Katsimbalis, Mavria, Kyparissia, Kourounios, Kotilio, Atsicholos, Vlachoraptis, Sarakini, Paleokastro, each with unique beauties.

The picturesque and historical Karytaina, a few kilometers south of Stemnitsa, is one of the most impressive preserved settlements of Arcadia. Solid two-storey stone houses, many noteworthy Byzantine churches (eg Zoodochos Pigi, Agios Nikolaos), which you meet walking on the cobbled paths or even reaching the Castle - where its stunning panoramic views of the plain - and , where the Panagia or Kolokotronis church is located, vaulted stone fountains, relics of watermills operating in the area, all compose a particular other and familiar Arcadian beauty.

Karytaina is crowned by an imposing Frankish castle that recalls the important role it played in the Frankish period; it also emerged during the Ottoman domination as a center of tobacco, silk and wine, without neglecting its active participation in the Greek Revolution. Surrounded by virgin nature and sculptured by the rivers Alfio and Lucio, it is not far from the most important ancient Arcadian sanctuary, Lykosoura. There, at the sacred peak of the Arcadians, where history meets the myth, in Mount Lycaos, stands the ruins of the most sacred city of the ancient Arcades and the remains of the sanctuary of Despina, daughter of Poseidon and Demeter. The colossal statues of the sanctuary, sculptures by the sculptor Damophontas (2nd century BC), are preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Athens.

A ruined two-storey tower house dating back to the 15th century, a five-story stone bridge of the same era, and the ruins of the castle, approached by a path that starts from the settlement square, are witnesses to the glittering past when the glorious past.

Today the two-storey stone houses, the many post-Byzantine churches, the all-active water mills, the fountains, the amazing stone bridges and the ruins of the castle create a unique Arcadian setting. Around Karytaina, there are many small mountain villages: Kalyvakia, known for its "feast of sheep" every August, Karvouniaris, Katsimbalis, Mavria, Kyparissia, Kourounios, Ano and Kato Kotilio in the homonymous mountain, Atichimos and Atichimos alternative tourism activities, Vlachoraptis, with its particular Gortynian architecture and post-Byzantine churches, Sarakini, founded by 17th century Constantinople, Paleokastro, with Mycenaean finds and ruins of strong francicus, its unique beauties.

 

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