Mikri Mantineia (Greek: Μικρή Μαντίνεια) is a seaside village in the municipality of Kalamata, Messinia prefecture, Greece. As of 2001, it had a population of 688 and it sits at 20 m above sea level. Many of its residents live during the summer months. The boundary with the municipality of Avia is to the south. Its main industry is tourism.
The Kalamata-Areopoli Road (uncertainly GR-7) is 3 km to the north. Mikri Mantineia is located southwest of Sparta, north of Areopoli and SSE of Kalamata.
Geography and history
The village was founded around after the mid 17th century in the inland location which is now known as Palio Chorio. It was mentioned in 1700 for the first time as Chora Mikri in a with the older Megali Mantineia. It had 35 families (165 people) in 1700 and 31 in 1703 which paid around 3,204 okades of oil (4,178 kg). It became a part of the municipality of Avia.
In the early 20th century, a small portion of the population moved into the nearby beach areas of Mourti, Panitsa and Myloi without uniting a new settlement. It had 157 in 1851, 183 in 1879 and 173 in 1907. From 1914, it ran an independent community and had 177 persons in 1928. A strong earthquake damages most houses of the village in 1944. The plan at the time moved into the coastal areas in which its residents left. The new seaside settlement was named Mikri Mantineia and the other Palio Chorio. After 1970, many new inhabitants which built their only residents moved into the village. It created a new settlement Perivola.
It became a part of the city of Kalamata in 1988 whilt Megali Mantineia was later joined the municipality of Avia in 1999 and separated the two Mantinies, it has one entitiy from the geographic, population and economic side and operates a common Olive Production Committee.
Points of interests
The Kapetanakis Tower
A few monasteries
Theodoros Belitsos Mantineies in 1700, Economic Demographic and Onomatologic Origins, 1999
Stavros Kapetanakis I Mandinies tis Manis (Οι Μαντίνειες της Μάνης - Madinies of Mani)
List of settlements in Messenia
Mikra/Mikri Mantinia at the GTP Travel Pages
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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