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ABOUT MANI

Welcome in Gythio, a stately town standing centuries over the clear sea of the Laconian Bay. Cosmopolitan atmosphere, island breezes and a variety of choices in the place called in Greek language the “Earth of Gods”. God Apollo brawled here with Hercules for the magic tripod of Delphi and finally reconciled, giving the place its current name.

Gytheio use to be the port of ancient Sparti and soon developed into the foremost export center of Laconia. To the north of the modern town and up the hill, the ruins of the acropolis witness the existence of the ancient city. At the foot of the hill, the ancient theater lies, where even today, cultural events take place. The ruins of Roman buildings refer to the heyday of Gytheio in Roman times when it belonged to the “League of Free”. The New Town of Gythio rises amphitheatrically at the eastern foot of the ancient "Larysion Mountain", now called by locals "Akoumaros" or "Koumaros", just above the main port, considered the safest of SE Peloponnese, from where citrus (especially oranges), oil, olives and other derivatives thereof are exported.

Sightseeings

 Kranai Island • the beautiful traditional stone-built tower of Tzanetakis Grigorakis, which now serves as a Historical Ethnological Museum of Mani, and the lighthouse built in 1837 in the height of 23 meters.

The girls' school • built in 1886 and the Town Hall built in 1891 by architect Ziller in the city center, which is now used as a museum.

The church of All Saints • at the top of Akoumaros mountain, with panoramic views across the Laconian Bay.

The Archaeological Museum • hosted in the Town Hall containing collections of the ancient town of Gythion, Mani and collecting inscriptions relating to the political and social history of the area during the Roman domination.

The Ancient Theatre of Gytheio • on the northern edge of the city and the citadel west of the theater in "Paleopolis" BA. part of the current Gythion.

Mystras • was Byzantine city of Peloponnese. Today it is in ruins and is a valuable source of history knowledge, art and culture of the last two centuries of Byzantium.

Glyfada (or Vlychada) Diros Caves • are the most beautiful lake caves in the world. Beneath the earth an unspeakable beauty is hidden...

The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil • Sparta, hosts you to the culture, history, technology of the olive and olive oil production in Greece, from prehistoric times until the early 20th century.

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