It is the capital of the prefecture (with 22.500 inhabitants) built in the middle of a valley surrounded by Artemisio, Parthenios and Mainalo mountains. It is the administrative, economic, commercial and transportation center of central and south Peloponnese. Among the block of flats you will see preserved neoclassic buildings, traditional houses and springs. Tripoli was established in the beginning of 14th century and until the end of 19th century it was called Tripolitsa (Ntropolitsa). Many different invaders such as Venetians and Turks left their marks on the city. It was the former capital city of Morias and flourished during the period of Ottoman occupation. It is located 165 km southwest of Athens.
What to see in the city:
- Areos central square with the Judicial Mansion and the statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. His bones are still preserved on the base of the monument. A beautiful district with traditional houses and one storey buildings surrounds the square.
- Aghios Vasilios metropolitan church at the homonym square
- Malliaropoulio Institution
- The house where poet Kostas Kariotakis was born, located in the city center
- Apostolos Kolokotronis house (nephew of Theodoros Kolokotronis)
- Matzounio Central Public Library with 20.000 volumes
- The Museum of War
- The Cultural Center where meetings and exhibitions take place
- The Archeological Museum housed in a building designed by Ernst Ziller which initially hosted the Pan Arcadian hospital. It includes findings from the surrounding area, covering the period from the Mycenaean times up to 2nd century A.D.
- Ai-Giorgis chapel built in a pine tree forest, 2 km from the city.
- Ancient Tegea (10 km SE) with remarkable sightseeing of Alea Athena temple (4th century B.C.) and of the theater. A noteworthy Archeological Museum operates in the area.
- Panagia tis Epano Chrepas monastery 10 km NW. It was established during 11th century and has beautiful hagiographies and remarkable libraries.
- Mantinia archeological site, 12 km N. It was a large Arcadian city mentioned by Polivios and Homer.
- Aghios Nikolaos ton Varson monastery (12 km NE).
- Kapsia cave, 1.5 km N of Kapsas village (15 km NW).
- Ancient Asea ruins, 17 km SW
- Gorgoepikoos monastery (10th century), 17 km NE, close to Nestani village.
- Ethiki Antistasi Street and the cobbled road of Deligianni Street are the center of the entertainment in the city as they have many bars, coffee houses and restaurants.
- “Cultural Summer” with many different events such as concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, etc. in the frames of the festival
- Celebration of the city liberation from the Turks on September 23rd
- Religious celebration and procession in honor of the Martyrs Dimitrios and Pavlos, on 22nd of May
- Commercial feast at the park of the Former Bishopric of Tegea
Arcadia Prefecture website: www.arcadia.gr