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Agios Nikolaos Voion

COUNTY: Laconia MUNICIPALITY: Monemvasia

Clear
23.74ºC

Population

500 - 1,000

Distance from nearest city

35-50km

TL;DR

Walk in the streets of Agios Nikolaos Voion village and feel its history of 10 odd centuries. Admire the view and wander in the petrified forest.

Agios Nikolaos Voion is one of the most ancient villages in Laconia, with a history of 10-odd centuries. It is built at an altitude of 231m, it has 830 inhabitants and until the 17th century it was called Panagia from the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary). It is located 35km northwest of Monemvasia and 4km from the sea where there is a small fishing port called Profitis Elias.

The area around the Agios Nikolaos Schineas monastery thrived during the byzantine era. Today, in the center of the village boasts the byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos (11th century), which was also used as a school in the first years after the Greek Revolution of 1821.

This beautiful village surrounded by trees is built amphitheatrically offering an exceptional view. Its inhabitants are mostly farmers and cattle-breeders and it produces mainly olive oil, cheese, honey and figs. At Agia Marina position, near the village, there is the petrified forest and the virgin forest at the foot of mountain Vavyla. The country church of Agios Georgios is the only one in Laconia covered in flagstones where a grand fête takes place in the feast of Saint George.