Astros, Greece

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Astros
Άστρος
Location
Astros is located in Greece
Astros
Astros
Coordinates 37°24′N 22°43′E / 37.400°N 22.717°E / 37.400; 22.717Coordinates: 37°24′N 22°43′E / 37.400°N 22.717°E / 37.400; 22.717
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Arcadia
Municipality: North Kynouria
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Village
 - Population: 2,285
Community
 - Population: 2,408
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 40 m (131 ft)

Astros (Greek: Άστρος or Μεσόγειο Άστρος, "Inland Astros") is a town near the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese in eastern Arcadia. Astros is the seat of North Kynouria municipality (Greek: Βόρεια Κυνουρία). The name of the town, built during the Greek War of Independence, is supposed to be taken from the ancient settlement Astron, mentioned in Ptolemy's Geography.[2] Astros is accessible by the road connecting Tripoli and Argos and Tyros and Leonidio and Monemvasia to the south. Its port, Paralio Astros lies 4 km to the northeast of the inland town.

The Astros public school

Astros was the site of the Second National Assembly of the Hellenes during the Greek War of Independence, under the presidency of Petros Mavromichalis. This assembly produced the first constitution of Modern Greece.

Astros has a school, a lyceum, a high school, a number of churches including one which is situated on a hilltop, banks, and a post office. There is a health clinic on the road to Leonidio. There are a number of squares (plateies), the most westerly of which contains a small amphitheater built into the hillside.

Sheep grazing on a farm just east of Astros

Much of the land is rocky and bushy and unsuitable for cultivation, but there are some farms and groves in low-lying areas near town.

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