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Jul05

Saint John or Agiannis in Kynouria

A view of the village


Saint John or Agiannis (Agios Ioannis) is one of the most beautiful, mountain villages in Kynouria and it is located on altitude of 750 metres. You should take the countryside road from Astros to Saint John and Saint Peter. It is about 30' from Paralio Astros and it is a popular place for day trips during summer or winter.

Driving up the winding road to the village, the visitor can have glorious view of the whole plain up to Argolic bay. The Monastery of Paleopanagia (Old Virgin's) is a few km after Astros, which was built in the 13th century.

Agiannis is 5 km after meeting the village Orini Meligou. The small hill on the right is called Koutri where Karitsiotis College used to be which got burnt by Ibraem in 1826. You can still see the marble sign with the inscription of the College which was found in 1874. The locals made huge efforts for the College to be built again to the authorities but they were fruitless. So the marbles and stones of the College were used by the locals to build new houses. Agiannis is first mentioned in 1453 in George's Fratzis chronicle the Fall of Constatinople.

Sunset in Agiannis


In the main square there is the church of Saint George which is a post-byzantine temple with wall painting. In these paintings there are signs of Ibraem's brutalities and atrocities.
Going down from the square you will see an old tap with an arabic inscription and then the church of Saint John, which is also post-byzantine.

Local delicacies

Agiannis has been under intense contsruction since the 1980s with remodeled houses and mansions. There are nice taverns which offer a great variety of meat from the local farmers and hostels for accommodation. You should definitely try the local red wine and the variety of cheeses.