KALAVRYTA (Small town) ACHAIA
Kalavryta, the capital of the province of Kalavryta, is a town that actually belongs to all Greeks, despite the fact that geographically it belongs to Achaia. It is the city-symbol of freedom.
The Greek Revolution against Turkish domination started in Kalavryta in 1821. The Banner of the 1821 Revolution is kept at the historical Monastery of Agia Lavra. The Holy Monastery of Mega Spileo, the most amazing shrine of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Peloponnesus, lies not far from Kalavryta. The Monastery, built 924 m. above the sea level in 326 A.D. has been destroyed four times. Nonetheless, the Holy Icon of Theotokos, which according to the tradition is ascribed to Luke the Evangelist, has always been saved.
During World War II Kalavryta became a target of the German occupation forces. In 1943 all the male population of the town was executed by the Germans who in turn burnt all the houses and churches. A huge cross stands as a memorial of the massacre of Kalavryta on a hill above the tormented town.
In our days Kalavryta is a picturesque town that serves as a starting point in touring the surrounding areas. The cogwheel train coming from Diakopto terminates at this point.
At Kalavryta Ski Centre winter sports fan are offered one of the best ski runs in Greece, whereas the wonderful Spileo ton Limnon, a rare work of nature, is only situated 17 kms away from the town. This is the only cave in the world where ponds are layered on three separate levels.
The visitor of the Kalavryta Metropolitan area is given the opportunity to admire historical and archeological sites as Ancient Loussi, Pausania’s vine-branch, the ancient town of Klitoras, the Castle of Oria, the Chelonospilia, as well as places of extraordinary natural beauty as the springs of the rivers Ladonas and Aroanios.
All around Kalavryta, scattered on the slopes of Chelmos and Erymanthos, there are 75 villages, most of them built in forests of pine and plane trees.
Dafni and Klitoria are two of the most picturesque small towns of Achaia with cultural and commercial activities but even natural beauties.
The whole province of Kalavryta - from Tripotama to Livardzi and up to the town of Kalavryta - with its abruptly changing landscape, its idyllic spots, the characteristic architectural style, and the developing tourist structure constitutes an area that will attract even the most demanding of the visitors.
This text (extract) is cited March 2004 from the Prefecture of Achaia tourist pamphlet (1999).
It has been operating since 1988 and consists of:
This text has been cited in February 2005 from the following webpage of Kalavryta Ski Centre.
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