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Nedousa

COUNTY: Messinia MUNICIPALITY: Kalamata

Clouds
14ºC

Population

100 - 500

Distance from nearest city

10-35km

TL;DR

A beautiful hamlet cascading gently downwards to the foothill of the mountain is full of history.

A beautiful mountainous hamlet of 130 inhabitants located at an altitude of 701m. Its old name was Megali Anastasova. The initial location of the village was near the small church of Agia Varvara. It is an old village created before the 8th century and played a major role in the Greek Revolt in 1821. In Chorigoskala (a dangerously narrow rocky passage) the women and children threw themselves from the cliffs so as to not be captured by the Turks during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. In the village boasts the house of Nikitaras, a hero of the Greek War of Independence.

Nedousa region abounds with cultural heritage. Many are the stone bridges over the Nedon river and near the ravine a crag has been created for the lovers of climbing. The water mills and the plane tree with a huge hollow are set in a beautiful landscape. A little further there is the Mardaki monastery, built in 1504, which contains the miraculous icon of Panagia (Holy Mother of God) found in Siderovageno. The churches of Agia Triada, of Agios Georgios, of Agia Mavra, of Agioi Neomartyres Raphael, Nikolaos and Eirini and of Agios Stratigos, built in a cave at the entrance of the village, are not to be missed. As is the case for the ancient temple dedicated to Apollo or Dionysus because of the vines overwhelming the region.

The hamlet is renowned for its carnival and two traditional musical instruments from antiquity, the tambour made of animal leather and the floghera, a type of flute made of bamboo.