Libovisi

Libovisi

Towering up at 1200 metres altitude above the Mainalo ravines stands the invincible Libovisi. It is the village of the Kolokotronis clan, their eagles nest. Here twelve whole generations lived and prepared for the constant threat of attack. The first to arrive, on the run from his pursuers, was Triantafillakos Tserginis, an ancestor of Theodoros. It was a large and powerful territory, a true stronghold.

The existence of a sizable population of 500 or so was already testified to by the Venetians. Today the Kolokotroni ancestral home has been rebuilt with the generous donation of the Arcadian Angelopoulos.

It is run as a museum, safe guarding the memories of the family and the struggle. The surrounding area has been landscaped. The church of St John, spiritual refuge of Kolokotronis and his confidants, has been restored. The people of Libovisi gave strong support to the “Old Man of Moria” in the difficult times during the struggles. The village square is cooled by gurgling springs. The wide open space gazes out unobstructed at Mainalo and the Sanctuary of Arkoudorema, the refuge of the “Bear of the Arcadians” .

The distance from Tripoli is 30 km.


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