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Kyparissia is located in Greece
Coordinates 37°15′N 21°40′E / 37.250°N 21.667°E / 37.250; 21.667Coordinates: 37°15′N 21°40′E / 37.250°N 21.667°E / 37.250; 21.667
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Messenia
Municipality: Trifylia
Mayor: George Sabaziotis
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 7,728
 - Area: 101.0 km2 (39 sq mi)
 - Density: 77 /km2 (198 /sq mi)
 - Population: 5,784
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 52 m (171 ft)
Postal code: 245 00
Telephone: 27610
Auto: ΚΜ

Kyparissia (Greek: Κυπαρισσία) is a town and a former municipality in northwestern Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Trifylia, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] The town proper has around 5,800 inhabitants.


The town is situated on the Gulf of Kyparissia, a bay of the Ionian Sea. It is 38 km north of Pylos, 46 km northwest of Kalamata and 51 km southeast of Pyrgos. The Greek National Road 9 (Pyrgos - Methoni) passes through the town. Kyparissia is the terminus of a now disused railway line from Kalo Nero, on the line from Pyrgos to Kalamata. The town has a port, which is mainly used for cargo purposes. On a hill east of the town centre lies a fortress built during the Frankish period.


The municipal unit Kyparissia is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages and 2011 population in brackets):


The ancient Greek town Cyparissia (Ancient Greek: Κυπαρισσία) was already mentioned by Homer in his Iliad. It probably possessed an artificial harbour. In the Middle Ages, it was known as Arkadia, and it kept this name until it was destroyed in 1825 during the Greek War of Independence.[3]

At a relatively late stage Cyparissia was a bishopric[4] that today, no longer being residential, is listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]

Under the Principality of Achaea, Kyparissia/Arkadia was the seat of the Barony of Arcadia, which was the last Frankish territory (except for the Venetian possessions) to fall to the Despotate of the Morea, in 1432.[6]

In 1460 Kyparissia came under Ottoman control, and remained so, with the exception of thirty years of Venetian rule, until the Greek War of Independence which began in 1821.

Historical population[edit]

Year Community Municipal unit
1981 4,636 -
1991 5,149 -
2001 5,708 8,648
2001 5,784 7,728

Famous residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Cyparissia". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray. 
  4. ^ Raymond Janin, v. Cyparissia, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XIII, Paris 1956, coll. 1147-1148
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 870
  6. ^ Bon, Antoine (1969). La Morée franque. Recherches historiques, topographiques et archéologiques sur la principauté d’Achaïe (in French). Paris: De Boccard. pp. 412–414. 

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