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The city of Egio exists since the Prehistorical Ages and the modern Egio is standing exactly on the location of the ancient city. According to the myth the name came from “Ega” which means goat and fed god Zeus when he was a child. The acme of the city during the Archaic Ages occurred after the destruction of city Eliki, a neigh-bouring civilazation. Egio became the capital of the Achain Fellow cities. It was founded by the Pelasgians, the Io-nes came later, in 146AC it became a part of the Roman empire and from there and on passed to the hands of eve-ty concurer that dominated on Greek land (Byzantines, Franks, Venetians). It was the fist city that was liberated from the Ottomanic domination during the revolution in 1821. Though the constant habitation throughout the ages the findings of the past are not adequate. The old section of the city is spreading from the location called Panagia Tripiti up to the railway station and the old raisin warehouses up to the beach. Two buildings of the 4th and 5th cen-tury BC were discovered near the water tank of the modern city. A cemetary that belongs to the Classical era, My-cenean tombs and near the coast a Hellinistic-Roman cemetary. Plane tree  which is standing by the beach is an important historical element as it’s the same plane tree Pausanias mentions. Visit the church of Mitropolis, the church of Panagia Tripiti above the coastal road, which is built in the rock. The church is known for the miracu-lous image of Panagia. Tradition says that a cast away on his way out of the sea saw a light in a hole of the rock, approached and found the image that Evaggelistos Lukas had painted. The church gathers every year a number of believers. Just a few kilometres away from Egio you will find the male monastery of Taxiarhes above the river Selinunda and on the left of the river you will find the female monastery Pepelenitsa. The monastery of Taxiarhes has a rich library. It was founded in 1415 and since then it was destroyed and rebuilted several times. Visit the vil-lage Plataniotissa and admire the rich flora. Also visit the Archeological museum in the center of the city that was built by Tchiller and are exhibited findings of the Neolithic era to the Roman Ages. The city is built by the coast of the Korinthian Gulf. In Egio gathered the ships that sailed for the Trojan war. The city is standing on the north-west section of Peloponnisos, amphitheatrically built, spreading in three levels, the coastal part, the Saint-Andreas part and the historical center. It’s also between the rivers of Selinunda and Meganitis.

The municipality of Eghio is divided in thirteen communities. Valimitika Dafnon, Digeliotika, Kuluras, Kumari, Kuninas, Maurikios, Melission, Paraskevi, Fteri, Selinunda, Temeni Hatzi. The municipality has a respe-ctabe in extention coastline on the Korinthian Gulf and from there and on to the interrion of Peloponnisos. By the coast we will find Valimitika, Digeliotika and Temeni Hatzi, all having wonderful beaches and warm sunny cli-mate. Aliki, which also is an organised beach in Eghio is an aquatic biotope of great importance and is standing on the northeast section. Though the extention is just 180 acres, it hosts 120 bird species . It’s basically a lagoon divided in three parts, the main lagoon, the part on the coastline and the part of the cultivated land. The flora is rich and many endagered with extinction species are protected here. Semi- mountainous are the communities Da-fnon, Kuluras, Kumari, Maurikios, Melission, Selinunda, Hantzi and mountainous Kuninas, Paraskevi and Fteri. The hills of Aegialia are standing on the low hills over the Korinthian Gulf and reach up to Fteri (foothills of Ka-lavrita). You will find here picturesque small villages in an absolute green scenery, with olive trees and vineyards a bit lower. In the municipality of Eghio visit Trapeza, or else Punta, the popular beach that is west of Diakofto and views the Korinthian Gulf. The ancient city Vura was standing here and was from the first members that founded the Achaian fellow cities. The first inhabitants were Ionians and Achaians followed. The earthquakes in 373BC destroyed Vura and Eliki. Remainings of an ancient theatre and walls were found, as well as temples, statues and coins with the figure of Hercules. The temple of Agia Triada was built on remainings of a temple de- dicated to godess Earth. Visit Ano Diakofto, a mountainous village situated on a hill, which has wonderful clima-te. Picturesque traditional houses, tavernas and view to the Korinthian Gulf, this village is magical. The source of Psamiakos is known and worth to be visited. Eliki, which is also a picturesque village on the slopes of Profitis Helias. The village was named after the ancient city Eliki which was flooded during the earthquake in 373BC . In this location were found destroyed buildings of the Classical ages and remainings of the Hlko era as well as a Roman coastal highway.There hasn’t been found yet the flooded part of the city which was also the capital of the Achaian Fellow cities. Excavations for the finding of the city are also taking place in a the village called Rizo-mylos. This village is another touristic resort that has clean beach.

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