Anavryti, Laconia

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Anavryti
Αναβρυτή
Photograph of the village's clock tower
Photograph of the village's clock tower
Location
Anavryti is located in Greece
Anavryti
Anavryti
Coordinates 37°2′N 22°22′E / 37.033°N 22.367°E / 37.033; 22.367Coordinates: 37°2′N 22°22′E / 37.033°N 22.367°E / 37.033; 22.367
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Laconia
Municipality: Sparti
Municipal unit: Mystras
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Village
 - Population: 74
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 850 m (2,789 ft)
Telephone: 27310

Anavryti (alternate spellings include: Anavriti) is a small village in Laconia, Greece, located at 850m on Taygetus mountain. Overseeing Evrotas' valley, Anavryti is run through by the European walking route E4. It is part of the municipal unit Mystras.

The first paved road to Anavryti was built in the 1980s with donations sent by the Anavryti Hometown society in Astoria, Queens, New York. Until that time, the village could only be accessed on foot or by donkey. (this paved road / donkey only thing is not true; I was born in Sparta and visited Anavryti three times in the 70s, each time taking a bus there from Sparta; the bus driver's name was Kousoulas)

During World War II Nazi occupation forces made the steep climb up to the village to destroy the houses of suspected partisans.

Over the years the village has been established as one of the best eco-tourism destinations. The vast amount of walking paths combined with its beautiful landscape, makes the area a photographer's paradise.[2] The village has a modest but clean, modern hotel and restaurants.

In Anavryti's Geological Museum a variety of elements and pictures related to the fauna and flora of the village and its surroundings are exhibited. Furthermore, there is a separate exhibition dedicated to Taygetus mountain.

There is a tradition that when the Jewish community of Mystras was expelled by the Venetians, they sought refuge in Anavryti and were the ancestors of some of today's inhabitants.[3]

Notable people from Anavryti[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Landscapes of the Southern Peloponnese: a countryside guide, Michael Cullen, Sunflower Guides, Hunter Publishing, Inc, 2004, p. 91
  3. ^ Leigh-Fermor P. Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese. London, Penguin Books, 1984