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Lagkadia (Greek: Λαγκάδια), is a village and 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 is the seat of the municipality of the same name. The village is connected by GR-74. Throughout the town from the bridge and westward, the highway is narrow and has only one lane. GR-33 is about 50 km SW. It is located E of 62 km E of Olympia and 82 km E of Pyrgos, NW of Megalopoli and Dimitsana and 70 km W of Tripoli.


Subdivisions

The municipal unit Lagkadia is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Lagkadia (Lagkadia, Agios Athanasios, Agios Nikolaos, Kaloneri, Pteria, Xerovouni)
Lefkochori (Lefkochori, Fouskari, Touthoa)


Information

Lagkadia (Photo : Dimitris Tsalkanis)

Traditional houses of the village.

The village has a school, a church, a post office, and a square (plateia). The village is located on the valley which has a small creek to its south and the residential area covers the southern part of a mountain which its elevaion is about 1,100 m. Another mountain is located to the south, totaling four mountaintops. Forests are founded to the east while rocky terrains and some arable land and deforested parts cover most of the south, west and north of Lagkadia. It is known for its local weaving mill.

Another mountain range is founded in the west and another to the north along with the valley. Fir forests surrounds the eastern and the southern part of the village while much of the municipality is forested.

Lagkadia used to be famous in Greece mainly about its builders (called pelekanoi), that made stone-built houses to all of the Pelloponesse peninsula, and especially in Mani prefecture. Until the early 1980s, most of the houses were stone-built, although new constructions now are mainly build with modern matterials, but always in the old, traditional look.

Lagkadia is also the hometown of many famous Greeks, for example Kanellos Deligiannis, one of the many heroes of the Greek Independence War against the Turks in 1821, was born here. The village - as most of the Pelloponesse villages - contributed the most in this war.

The village is one of the most beautiful mountainous traditional villages of central Arcadia, and, despite most surrounding villages, tourist growth has kept untouched and pure this corner of mountainous Gortynia.

Population history

From 1981 to 1991, the population lost 571 inhabitants lost 43.52% of the 1981 population, the population regained between 1991 and 2001 by 33.

1949: 3,333
1981: 1,188 (village)
1991: 671 (village), 1,993 (municipality)
2001: 704 (village), 1,363 (municipality)

Division of the municipality with a population 1363 (in 2001)

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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