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This village is standing by the borders of Arkadia and Laconia. 32kllm from Leonidio and at an altitude of 1150m in the middle of a verdulous landscape the village is built on the slopes of mountain chain Parnonas and has view to the Argosaronic Gulf and the islands Spetses and Hydra. To reach Kosmas you will go through the numerous miracles of nature, as the territory is full of firs, water springs, streams and the marvelous gorge of river Dafnonas. The name Kosmas was given to the village in 1592 AC. During the ancient ages, in this place was stan-ding the ancient city Selinus and there was a temple dedicated to god Apollo on the Profitis Helias hill. Kosmas is the home village for one of the first martyrs of the Revolution against the Ottomanic domination, Yiannakis Asi-makis, before the beginning of the movement. Apart from the important contribution the people of the village of-fered in 1821, they also resisted against the Italian domination and the nazi. By the end of the Second World War the village was entirely devastated and was reconstructed by its inhabitants. The village square is full of platans, the Agioi Anargyri church is standing in the middle and there are three springs that spurt cold fresh water from the mountains. Visit the monastery Panagia Elona, just outside Kosmas by the Dafnonas gorge. It is built on a red rock, seeming to be lingering, viewing the territory around. It was founded during the first half of the 16th century and is believed that the icon of Panagia Eleona is a work of Apostle Lucas and is miraculous. The bells are stone made and dated from 1831. During the Ottomanic domination the monastery was depredated and burned several times, but as a miracle that somehow occurs in every convent it is still standing, offering faith to the believers and a unique experience to plain visitors

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