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This article is about the village in the Peloponnese, Greece. For the capital of Mount Athos, see Karyes, Mount 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
 • Municipal unit 64.43 km2 (24.88 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 729
 • Municipal unit density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
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] The municipal unit has an area of 64.426 km2.[4] It is located roughly midway between Tripoli and Sparti. Population 729 (2011).


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.[5] Caryae had a sanctuary of Artemis, where the Lacedaemonian maidens held chorus dances.[6] The caryatids, sculpted female figures used in architecture, were probably named after these maidens from Caryae.[5] The modern village Karyes was named after this ancient town.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  4. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 
  5. ^ a b  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Caryae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1. London: John Murray. p. 555. 
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 3.10.7