TEGEA

The area of Tegea is located in the eastern part of the Mantinia plateau, 8 kms from Tripolis - capital of Arcadia, prefecture of Peloponnesus. The municipality of Tegea comprises 16 villages: Alea, Vouno, Garea, Episkopi, Kamari, Kandalos, Kerasitsa, Lithovounia, Magoula, Manthirea, Mavriki, Rizes, Stadio (Tegea’s City Hall), Strigou, Tziva, and Psili Vrisi.

© Evangelos Kassavetis, 2005

HISTORY

© Evangelos Kassavetis, 2005

Tegea comes the Greek word “tegos” which means shelter - hence the sheltered city. It was a medium-size city, which eventually grew in importance politically and managed to bring together the neighboring cities around the worship of Goddess Alea, later identified as Goddess Athena. The city was founded by King Aleo. The village of Alea today is located in the place of Ancient Tegea.

Alea and Mantinia were the two most important cities of ancient Arcadia. Legend has it that the inhabitants of Tegea sailed on the Argonaut and fought in the Trojan War. Whether real or legendary persons, god Pan, goddess Alea, poet Annytis, historian Ariaethos, Diotima, etc. influenced the life and activity of the inhabitants throughout their great and historical course. A long course marked with internal and external immigration, full of hard battles for survival, progress and dominance. The people of Tegea also excelled as they founded colonies in Crete and Cyprus.

Nowadays Tegea is a rural area. The soil is most fertile and is full of orchards, vineyards and cultivated fields. Excellent wines, cherries, morellos, potatoes, apples, etc. are renowned local products.

SIGHTSEEING

1. Remains of works by prominent ancient sculptor Skopas from Paros, formerly part of Alea Athena’s Ancient Temple, are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Tegea in Alea.

2. Remains of the Ancient Temple dedicated to Alea Athena, second in size and importance in ancient times in Peloponnesus.

3. Episkopi:
  • Ruins of the Roman Theater and forum, mosaics from the pre-Christian basilica, remains of medieval walls etc.
  • The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, one of the best monuments of Byzantine art, built on top of the Roman Theater ruins.
  • The Folk Art Museum, founded by the Association of Tegea, and operating in the building of the old School of Home Economics.
  • The Association of Tegea Park where the marble inscription of the International Olympic Committee can be seen, stating its decision to have the Olympic Flame transported every 4 years from ancient Olympia to the organizing country of the Games

4. The ruins of the sanctuary of Artemis Knakeatis, between the villages of Mavriki and Vervena.

5. The ruins of the sanctuary of goddess Dimitra and her daughter in the village of Agios Sostis.

6. Lake Taka, major water biotope and reserve, accessible by road through Vouno and Kerasitsa villages.

7. Wineries at Rizes, Magoula and Kerasitsa villages.

Lake Taka
 

Episkopi
 

Ancient Temple
of Alea Athena 

Archaeological Museum
of Tegea, Alea

 
CULTURAL CENTER

Address: Stadio Tegea, 22012 Arcadia, Greece.


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