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Agios Petros (Greek: Άγιος Πέτρος), is a small village in the municipality of North Kynouria in southern Arcadia, Greece. Its 2001 population was 949 for the village and 1,044 for the community. The Laconia prefecture is bordered to the south and is about 4 km southwest.


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Settlements

Agios Petros
Moni Malevis
Xirokampi


Nearest places

Korakovouni, east-northeast
Xirokampi
Karyes, southwest
Vourvouna, west
Agios Nikolaos, northwest


Population
Year Population village Population municipal district
1981 1,620 -
1991 1,234 -
2001 949 1,044

Location and transportation

Agios Petros is located southwest of Argos, west of Astros, northwest of Leonidi, nearly north of Sparta, east of Megalopoli and southeast of Tripoli. Agios Petros is connected with a road connecting the GR-37 (Tripoli - Sparta - Gytheio) and Astros and a 30 to 40 km road north to Tripoli.

Geography

Agios Petros are mountainous, the grasslands and smaller mountains are to the north, farmlands lie in the valley areas. Forests dominates the southern portion and Parnon's mountaintop is to the south southeast by the boundary. Together with Kastri, it is the area that is famous for having apple and pear orchards as well as chestnut groves.

History

The village was ruled by the Ottomans. It became a part of Greece after the Greek War of Independence; a century later, it adopted its current name Agios Petros. After World War II and the Greek Civil War, its buildings were rebuilt. Agios Petros became connected with asphalt in the 1960s. More pavement was accessed in the late 20th century. Electricity, radio and automobiles were introduced in the mid-20th century, television in the late-20th century and computer and internet at the turn of the millennium. The population has been declining since the mid-20th century. Its population was once a large town and was larger than several and it had about 2,000 to 2,500 residents; it had fallen below the 1,000 mark in the mid-1990s.

The snowstorm which ravaged the eastern Peloponnese, the central, the mountainous, the northern and the island portions of Greece and most of Central and Eastern Europe brought a metre of snowfall to the village. Residents were stranded in their homes and their snow plowing vehicles cleared the road but not the streets. The snow occurred in the afternoon hours of February 2008.

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