Tripoli is a town of 30,000
inhabitants, in the centre of the Peloponnese. It is
two hours from Athens, and less than one hour from
of Arkadia, the mythical land of Pan, the nymphs, of
Satyros and the gods, and the famous "Drombolitsa",
it is both Womb and navel of the Peloponnese, built
at a height of 650m. The area is dominated by the
elevation of the Arcadian Mountains, which are
decorated by the mountains of Ologyrto, Trachi,
Litreio, Artemis, Ktenia and the mythical Mainolo,
an extension of Parnona.
With its base in the province
of Mantinea, Tripoli continues to keep alive its
legends and traditions with great ease.
170km from Athens, a few
kilometres from the tunnel of Artemis, you enter
Tripoli and are charmed without yet knowing why.
Tripoli wrote its history in the c 15th when it
sealed its fate in the Orlofik Revolution of 1770
and the revolution of 1821. In July 1828 Ibrahim
surrenders to flames on leaving.
The beautiful Tripoli has an
unusual tourist radiance, keeping untouched its
traditional way of life, while offering everything
you could dream of on your visit when walking
through its streets.
The wonderful squares, the green parks, the
surrounding woodlands with quaint churches, the
neoclassical buildings, which stand out amongst the
modern infrastructure and the lively rhythm from
morning till night, make it unique.
Tripoli also has a large,
well-developed shopping centre, where local
traditional produce is on offer. "Chilopites",
"trahanas", "lazania" and sweets like "diples",
"kourabiedes" and "melomacarona" are specialities,
which the visitor should buy before leaving.
There are many hotels in the
area, catering for all the needs of its tourists. At
Easter in the beautiful great Areos Square one of
the best parties is held, organised by the Council
of Tripoli, with lamb on the spit and good local
wine, while in summer there is the fine trade bazaar
of Tegeas, attracting thousands of visitors from all
over the Peloponnese and further a field.
A walk in the town will lead to the fine Byzantine
church in the square of St. Basil, and also to the
wonderful Cultural centre.
A little way out of Tripoli,
there is the monastery of the Virgin Mary of Upper
Chrepas, which was built in 11th century, which will
impress you with its wonderful murals and its view.
12km from Tripoli, at Ancient Mantinea, you will
find the Theatre, while exactly opposite is the
ecclesiastically architectured Church of St.
Foteini. At Ancient Teyea the Church of Aleas
Athinas stands out and the fine Archaeological
Museum. The Archaeological Museum of Tripoli,
designed by the famous architect Chiller, collects
artefacts from the first Greek period up to the
Tripoli acts as a base for its
three other beautiful provinces, Arkadia,
Megalopolis, Kynouria and Gortynia.
The thing that the visitor wont forgets when he
decides to leave the capital of the Peloponnese is
the way of life and the hospitality of the Arcadians
and Tripolites. The genuine traditional parties of
Tripoli, with the unfailing good cheer of its
residents make Tripoli, night and day, the liveliest
kernel of the Peloponnese.