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For the capital of Mount Athos, see Karyes (Athos).
View of Karyes.
View of Karyes.
Karyes is located in Greece
Coordinates: 37°17′N 22°30′E / 37.283°N 22.500°E / 37.283; 22.500Coordinates: 37°17′N 22°30′E / 37.283°N 22.500°E / 37.283; 22.500
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Laconia
Municipality Sparti
Population (2001)[1]
 • Municipal unit 926
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration AK

Karyes (Greek: Καρυές, before 1930: Αράχωβα - Arachova[2]) is a village and a former community in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Sparti, of which it is a municipal unit.[3] It is located roughly midway between Tripoli and Sparti. Population 926 (2001).


Caryae or Karyai (Ancient Greek: Καρυαί) was a town in ancient Laconia, near the border with Arcadia. It was situated on the road from Tegea to Sparta.[4] Caryae had a sanctuary of Artemis, where the Lacedaemonian maidens held chorus dances.[5] The caryatids, sculpted female figures used in architecture, were probably named after these maidens from Caryae.[4] The modern village Karyes was named after this ancient town.


  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  4. ^ a b  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Caryae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography 1. London: John Murray. p. 555. 
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 3.10.7