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Sunday walk down old Athens, a snap from my Nikon D7200 through the old iron cast bars.

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Ο Ραψομμάτης (Τοπική Κοινότητα Ραψομμάτη – Δημοτική Ενότητα ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ), ανήκει στον δήμο ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ της Περιφερειακής Ενότητας ΑΡΚΑΔΙΑΣ που βρίσκεται στην Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου, σύμφωνα με τη διοικητική διαίρεση της Ελλάδας όπως διαμορφώθηκε με το πρόγραμμα “Καλλικράτης”.

Η επίσημη ονομασία είναι “ο Ραψομμάτης”. Έδρα του δήμου είναι η Μεγαλόπολη και ανήκει στο γεωγραφικό διαμέρισμα Πελοποννήσου.

Κατά τη διοικητική διαίρεση της Ελλάδας με το σχέδιο “Καποδίστριας”, μέχρι το 2010, ο Ραψομμάτης ανήκε στο Τοπικό Διαμέρισμα Ραψομμάτη, του πρώην Δήμου ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ του Νομού ΑΡΚΑΔΙΑΣ.

Ο Ραψομμάτης έχει υψόμετρο 553 μέτρα από την επιφάνεια της θάλασσας, σε γεωγραφικό πλάτος 37,3803848414 και γεωγραφικό μήκος 22,1921133683. Οδηγίες για το πώς θα φτάσετε στον Ραψομμάτη θα βρείτε εδώ.

 

 

 

The Byzantine Church of St Nikolas is situated in the village of Ano Gerakari.

This location has a fantastic view which spreads to the surrounding hills and the plain as far as the castle of Zakynthos.

The sleepy village of Ano Gerakari is still mostly untouched by tourism and is easily reached from the resorts of Alykes, Alikanas and Tsilivi.

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And Me…

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Some photos from my resent trip to Zakynthos, I choose to share with you from the beautiful Gaidaros Beach just 1km from Tsilivi. A great sandy shallow beach great for young and old.

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Panoramic view from the beautiful wooden bar on top of the beach where yoi can enjoy your drink or coffee.

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Beach: Sandy
Distance from Zakynthos town: 8 km
Rating: 7/10
Located in: Gaidaros – Tsilivi
It belongs to the municipality of Arkadion
Other nearby beaches: Tsilivi, Tsilivi – Ampoula
Other beaches in the same municipality: Tsilivi, Tsilivi – Ampoula

The beach Gaidaros Just off the beach of Tsilivi. A part of belonging to the community of Planou and the other belongs to the community of Tragaki. The natural point that separates  it is a river that flows in this creek. A small hill also separates Gaidaros  beach from  Tsilivi beach. Located 8 km northeast of the town of Zakynthos.
Consists of sand and in some places there are a few pebbles. The water is shallow, warm and crystal clear.It is well organized with sun beds and umbrellas and  water sports. It is not very crowded and tourist traffic in the region is strong and which takes place just a few meters from the beach, is considered a quiet beach.

 

This summer again for a few days in beautiful Chiliadou beach just outside Nafpaktos. I just wanted to introduce the beautiful ARMIDA restaurant where my friends Styliani and Nikos offer traditional and modern plates next to the small port of Chiliadou. If you visit Chiliadou don’t forget to visit this beautiful family business as and all the other surrounding graphic taverns.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation (Greek: Καθεδρικός Ναός Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου) popularly known as the “Mētrópolis”, is the cathedral church of the Archbishopric of Athens and all Greece.

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Construction of the Cathedral began on Christmas Day, 1842 with the laying of the cornerstone by King Otto and Queen Amalia.

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The Gate of the Church

Workers used marble from 72 demolished churches to build the Cathedral’s immense walls. Three architects and 20 years later, it was complete. On May 21, 1862, the completed Cathedral was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Mother of God ‘(Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου)’ by the King and Queen. The Cathedral is a three-aisled, domed basilica that measures 130 feet (40 m) long, 65 feet (20 m) wide, and 80 feet (24 m) high. Inside are the tombs of two saints killed by the Ottoman Turks during the Ottoman period: Saint Philothei and Patriarch Gregory V.

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Saint Philothei built a convent, was martyred in 1559, and her bones are still visible in a silver reliquary. She is honored for ransoming Greek women enslaved in Ottoman Empire’s harems.

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Gregory V the Ethnomartyr, Patriarch of Constantinople, was hanged by order of Sultan Mahmud II and his body thrown into the Bosphorus in 1821, in retaliation for the Greek uprising on March 25, leading to the Greek War of Independence. His body was rescued[when?] by Greek sailors and eventually enshrined in Athens.
To the immediate south of the Cathedral is the little Church of St. Eleftherios also called the “Little Mitropoli.”

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In the Square in front of the Cathedral stand two statues. The first is that of Saint Constantine XI the Ethnomartyr, the last Byzantine Emperor. The second is a statue of Archbishop Damaskinos who was Archbishop of Athens during World War II and was Regent for King George II and Prime Minister of Greece in 1946.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral remains a major landmark in Athens and the site of important ceremonies with national political figures present, as well as weddings and funerals of the rich and famous.

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THE ADDRESS

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
Mitropoeos Square
10556 Athens (Greece)
Tel. +30 210 – 3221308

HOW TO GET THERE

BY BUS: 025, 026, 027

BY FOOT: Follow Metropoleos Street, from Syntagma Square all the way down until you meet up with Metropoleos Square (with the Metropolitan Cathedral). This will take approximately 5 minutes.

 

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