Kapsas

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Kapsas
Κάψας
Location
Kapsas is located in Greece
Kapsas
Kapsas
Coordinates 37°37′N 22°21′E / 37.617°N 22.350°E / 37.617; 22.350Coordinates: 37°37′N 22°21′E / 37.617°N 22.350°E / 37.617; 22.350
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Arcadia
Municipality: Tripoli
Municipal unit: Mantineia
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Community
 - Population: 505
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 700 m (2,297 ft)
Postal code: 221 00
Telephone: 2710
Auto: TP

Kapsas (Greek: Κάψας, also Κάψια Kapsia) is a community in the municipal unit of Mantineia in Arcadia on the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. It is situated in a valley east of the Mainalo mountains, at 700 m elevation. It is 9 km southeast of Levidi, 11 km west of Nestani and 12 km north of Tripoli. The Greek National Road 74 (Pyrgos - Tripoli) passes through the village.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 581
1991 460
2001 505

History[edit]

During World War II, and after the capitulation of Italy, Greece was occupied by Nazi Germany. Villagers of Kapsas helped an Italian soldier named Salvatore hide from the Germans and return to his native Italy. Statues of the school teacher Ioannis Orfanos, his wife and his brother have been erected near the village church in memory of their aid.[citation needed]

Attractions[edit]

The village church of Saint Nicholas possesses a precious icon, donated by the Moscow Patriarchate.[citation needed]

The Cave of Kapsia is situated 1 kilometer from the village Kapsia, at the southwest edge of the plain of ancient Mantineia. It is part of a system of active and inactive sinks. In front of the entrance are three sinks. Inside the cave human bone material has been found, according to some researchers from people who drowned during floods in the cave. The cave was used by man during the Neolithic, Hellenistic period and the fourth to sixth century AD.[2]

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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. ^ odysseus.culture.gr Presentation of the cave by the Ministry of Culture (Greek)

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