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Kampos of Messinia

COUNTY: Messinia MUNICIPALITY: West Mani

Mist
14ºC

Population

100 - 500

Infrastracture

Citizen Service Centre, Gas Station, Medical Centre, Pharmacy,

Distance from nearest city

10-35km

TL;DR

A quaint town in Mani, with a long history and many mythological associations, as well as towers and churches in good condition and a vaulted tomb.

A quaint town built on an altitude of 350 to 420 metres, 22 kilometres away from Kalamata. It has about 370 residents.

Archaeologists place on the area of the village, the site of the ancient city of Gerinia, as well as the Homeric Enope. Besides, according to mythology the legendary king of Pylos, named Nestor, was also named Gerinios. According to the myth, Asclepius, a god of Messinia and the patron of Surgery, had a son named Machaon. He fought in Troy and was killed. Nestor moved his bones from Troy and buried them in Gerinia. In the ancient city was also the holy Agion, with the copper statue of Machaon wearing a wreath. The kingly vaulted tomb, called "of Machaon" is still in a very good condition.

Northeast of Kampos possibly were the sanctuaries of Artemis Limnatis and of Dionysus. Near the Koskaraka ravine are traces of the walls of the Byzantine city Marvinitsa.

Here also is the well-known Koumoundourou Tower, with its windmill. The Turks took control of the tower, arrested Captain Koumoundouros and executed him in Constantinople. His descendant was Alexander Koumoundouros, for many years prime minister of Greece.

Spread through the area are many tower-houses as well as churches who have been kept in good condition. In the 4th of December, the day of the celebration of Agia Barbara, the people of Kampos organise a great festival.