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Not to be confused with ancient Areopolis, now Rabba in Jordan
Areopolis is located in Greece
Coordinates: 36°39.95′N 22°22.90′E / 36.66583°N 22.38167°E / 36.66583; 22.38167Coordinates: 36°39.95′N 22°22.90′E / 36.66583°N 22.38167°E / 36.66583; 22.38167
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Laconia
Municipality East Mani
Municipal unit Oitylo
Elevation 255 m (837 ft)
 • Population 1,014 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 230 62
Area code(s) 27330
Vehicle registration ΑΚ

Areopoli (Greek: Αρεόπολη, before 1912 also: Τσίμοβα - Tsimova[2]), known as "Χειμαύα" (from Greek "Χειμαδιών") in the regional Maniot tongue,[3] is a town on the Mani Peninsula, Laconia, Greece. The word Areopoli means "city of Ares", the ancient Greek god of war. It was the seat of Oitylo municipality. Areopoli was called Tsimova by the invading Slavs during the 7th century AD. The Greek War of Independence was started at Areopoli on March 17, 1821 by Petros Pierrakos, also known as Petros Mavromichalis, the last bey of Mani. Now Areopoli has grown into a flourishing town. Its tower houses, constructed with field stones, are distinct from the traditional blue and white buildings that characterize many Greek villages.

Street in Areopoli
Agii Taxiarxes Church in Areopoli

Areopoli is situated near the west coast of the Mani Peninsula, 1.5 km from its port Limeni. It is 20 km southwest of Gytheio. There is lively open air market in the main square each Saturday, with a lot of local producers present.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 738
1991 759
2001 988
2011 1,014

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ EETAA local government changes Archived November 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 

See also[edit]

Media related to Areopoli at Wikimedia Commons