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Kouniadi


The old settlement of Kouniadi lies west of Christos-Rachon. It belongs to the community of Raches and has about 45 inhabitants. Its name originates from the settler "Kounias." The village is built amphiteatrically on the mountain side of Atheras overlooking the sea. The houses are scattered in the green ravine where you will come across the characteristic terraces. Some of the village houses still retain elements of the traditional architecture such as the lean to roof and the more recent tower or "prigadi". The large imposing church with the two bell towers is dedicated to Agia Irini. This church was built in 1958 on the site of an older church. The nearby chapel of Agios Ioannis Theologos stands solitary and celebrates the 8th of May. On the same site survives the foundations of an idolatrous temple associated with the worship of the sacred Tavropolio of the goddess Artemis in Nas. A lovely traditional feast is held in the village on the 15th of August.




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