Avia, Messenia

Avia, Messenia

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Avia (, ancient name: Abia) is a village and a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality West Mani, of which it is a municipal unit. Its 2001 population was 236 for the village, 605 for the community and 3,089 for the municipal unit. The seat of the municipality was in Kampos.

Avia is a famous touristic destination. It has rented rooms, hotels, taverns, cafes, etc. It also has a large olive production which is the source for the village.

History

Ancient Abia

In the location where Paliochora is located today, the Homeric city of Ire (Ιρή) is supposed to have stood (Iliad I 150 and I 292).

The traveller Pausanias mentioned in his Description of Greece that the city Ire was renamed Abia by Cresphontes, king of Messene, after Abia, the nursemaid of his great-grandfather Hyllus, son of Heracles.

Abia was disputed between the Messenians and the Spartans. Abia became a member of the Achaean League in 181 BC.

In the city featured the temple of Asclepius. After Pausanias' time, Avia was not mentioned in sources. It was ruined by some barbarian invasions which rammed the Peloponnese during the early Byzantine period.

Later period

In the early 15th century, the location of the ancient city was founded when the castle of Mantineia was built, it was part of the Venetians and administered a part of the barony with the same name. ...
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