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Periphery:Peloponnese
Prefecture : Arcadia

Iraia (Greek: Ηραία) is a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Gortynia, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It consists of 27 villages. Population 3,063 (2001). The seat of the municipality was in Paloumpa. The municipality is named after the ancient Arcadian city of Heraia. The region was known in recent times for the construction workers (mastori) who came from the villages of Servos and Lyssarea. Pausanias describes the ancient cities of Heraia and Melaineai and their buildings.[2] An excavation near Lyssarea uncovered buildings, mosaics, as well as gold and silver coins.[CN]

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Site of Lyssarea

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Pausanias Description of Greece 8.26

Kakouraiika or Kakoureika is a small village. In the village and around the village are many churches, such as Agios Vasileios from 1824, Koimisis tis Theotokou from 1833 and Agios Ioannis a church build on an ancient temple.

Loutra Ireas

Loutra Ireas are named due to the water, which contains sulphur and is used since antiquity for medical treatments.

Persons

Psari (or Psarion) is a mountain village (alt. 900 m) with a population 103 (in 2001), usually much less in the winter.

Raftis is a mountain village (730 m). The church of Agios Dimitrios in the village is from 1901.

Servos

Servos is a mountain village (alt. around 1060 m) , the population mainly is working as livestock farmers. The name Servos means Serbian, the nationality of livestock farmers who lived in the region. The village is mentioned first time in 1461. Churches: Zoodochou Pigis from 1872 (inscription of the Daras family) and Koimisis tis Theotokou, Agia Paraskevi.

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