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Kalamata is the capital and main port of Messinia, with some 50000 inhabitants. It is 255 km from Athens and is the western Mani (eastern is Gythio). It is one of the most modern cities of Greece, with a good layout architecture, wide streets, squares and parks, and each year made many notable cultural events. It is built in the shadow of Mount Taygetos, hugging the Messinian Gulf. The beaches in Kalamata is beautiful and clean with sand or pebbles. With a total coastline of over 4 kilometers, visitors can enjoy swimming in many organized beaches and eat fresh fish in many traditional psarotavernakia that will amaze the wider coastal area. Large modern hotels and apartments and hostels cater to guests' stay and meet the needs of even the most demanding. Your vacation in Kalamata and the surrounding area will give you an indelible image with plenty of entertainment, culture and historical discovery!
Sights of Kalamata
Kalamata Castle survives the fortification wall and over the central dome entrance, the lion of St. Mark in Venice. The inner courtyard is the amphitheater, where many cultural events of the city and the Associations of this historic city. At the foot of the castle is the church of the Presentation of Christ Byzantine style and built in 1859 AD. The festival of the temple is on February 2 with the participation of believers from all over Greece, who flock to worship the image of the Virgin Mary, considered miraculous and according to tradition echi narrated by St. Luke. The Holy Constantine and Helen, near Hypapante, founded in 1796 and there developed considerable metaxoufantiki art and textiles hitherto available to visitors. The Benaki Archaeological Museum in the heart of the city of Kalamata and its historical center, located at the junction of the Benaki Papazoglou. Venetian type is concerned, one of the most important buildings of the city, houses a rich collection of antiquities from various locations of Messinia. The Railway Museum, which since 1986 has been installed at the southern end of the Municipal Railway Park, in an area 54 acres. The monastery of Dimiovia located 15 km east to Taygetos and is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The spiritual center of Kalamata Pantazopouleiou Democratic School was founded in 1933 and contains about 60,000 volumes, including incunabula, manuscripts, papyri, old gospels and rare editions.
Celebration on March 23 with a parade and represent the liberation of the city from the Turks. Celebration of the Visitation (2 February) with a procession of the miraculous image. Other events in the annual dance festival, the Messenian Summer ', the annual book fair, the Papafesseia, the Flower Festival, etc.