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Andritsaina Pictures and Information

Andritsaina, historic medieval town, is situated on the borderline between Ilia and Arkadia districts. It is built on a green mountain slope at the north western access of mount Lykaion, at an altitude of 750 m.

Near Andritsaina (14 km), at an altitude of approximately 1100 m., on a dreamy site whose name used to be Vassai, is situated the famous temple of Apollo Epikoureios of Figalia. Clemanceau had said that nobody has the right to leave this world without having seen this temple. It had been built on an older sanctuary dedicated to Vasita Apollo by the dwellers of Figalia wishing to thank God for aiding them.

The temple of Apollo Epikourios The temple of Apollo Epikourios The temple of Apollo Epikourios
  The temple of Apollo Epikourios In 420-400 B.C. the temple
of Apollo Epikoureios
was built by Iktinos
In Andritsaina, you can also see Trani Vrysi, which, as an inscription written above its four faucets mentions, is very old. Andritsaina has many other taps: Soulinaria, Kleidaki, Doxari, Risvani, Koukkoula, Kamini, Koutsampa’s tap.
Trani Vrysi Soulinaria Vrysi Risvani Vrysi
Trani Vrysi Soulinaria Vrysi Risvani Vrysi

You can ramble in Andritsaina's neighbourhoods: Panochori, Sanileika, Gyftika, Mourmoureika, Lakka in order to see its cobblestone pavements and its stone houses with flower yards and flower pots on the ledge of their small arched windows. Thereabouts, it is also possible that you are offered basilic.

Old stone houses Old stone houses Old stone houses
Old stone houses

Visit also its churches and small chapels: St Therapon and St Athanasios, an old church whose murals were spoilt by the Turks, who sword stroke them when leaving in 1821. Another church is Santa Barbara built on the left of the steps driving to the school. This temple was the cradle of Panolympic revolt, since the revolution flag was blessed there(27th of March 1821).

In Andritsaina there are many interesting things to see. What you must definitely visit though, is its Library, exposing thousands of volumes, being a donation of Agathofron - Nikolopoulos (1838). The library includes scarce editions as well as Agathofron - Nikolopoulos' donation letter, in which he was explaining his dream of making of Andritsaina the "Academy of Peloponnesus".

Nikopoulios Public Library of Andritsaina View from the inside of Nikopoulios Library View from the inside of Nikopoulios Library
In 1838, Nikopoulios Public Library of Andritsaina
was established
View from the inside of Nikopoulios Library View from the inside of Nikopoulios Library