Plataea: A region known since Homer, located at the foot of Mount Kitheronas. Owing to its undeniable cultural heritage, the community bears its name.

High above stretches Kitheronaswith its rich flora and lower the vast plain. It is just 15km from Thiva and 60km from Athens.

The village suffered great damage when the earthquake of 1981 demolished it almost entirely. Nowadays the settlement consists of new buildings with beautiful gardens and restored churches. Visitors there can enjoy local food in the traditional taverns of the village. Certainly upon arriving in the village one will have a really special tour of the ruins of ancient Plataea.

Today parts of the fortification enclosure of ancient Plataea are preserved, some from the 4th century BC and some dating back to prehistoric times. Some towers built in the enclosure are also preserved. Inside the fortress, on the north-western side, is the Doric temple of Hera. Inside the temple stood the statue of Hera, created by Praxitelis. The foundations of the altar built by the Greeks after the battle, commissioned by the Oracle of Delphi, are also preserved.

The Battle of Plataea in 479 BC is of great historical importance, not only for the region of Viotia, but for the entire Greece and even Europe. Historians believe that the victory of the Greeks saved Greek civilization. At the foot of Kitheronas, the battlefield has now been turned into an archaeological site. The archaeological site of the battlefield of Plataea is typical for visitors to understand the importance of the battle that has gone down in history.
H.C. of St. Eleousa of Plataea (Λείπουν στοιχεία- Αναμένω)

Kitheronas:

The original name of the mountain was Asterion, but later it was named Kitheronas after the homonymous king of Plataea.
It is associated with many deities, ancient heroes and many myths of the Theban cycle (Laius, Oedipus). It is bordered to the north by Erythres, Plataea and to the south by Vilia and the settlement of Aigosthena (today’s Porto Germeno).

It is a solid mountain range with height of 1409m and its peak is Profitis Ilias or otherwise known as Elatia, at a distance of only 4km from the sea. In the last century several animals such as deers, roe deers, wild boars and wolves lived there. Literally verdant with fir trees on the high points and pine trees on the lower, Kitheronas is a mountain that enchants with its beauty.

Based in Kitheronas near Plataea every year flights are organized for those who want to escape from everyday life. Did it ever occur to any of you to take a real flight alone, by yourself and the sky, with your own wings? And when the sun goes down and it’s time to go home, to pack those wings in a bag? The beauty of nature from above will overwhelm anyone willing to try this experience and the feelings of absolute freedom they will experience will make their flight unforgettable. Visitors will explore the amazing world of paragliding, a world of superiority, freedom and power.

On the northern edge of the mountain and at an altitude of 580 meters is the Monastery of the Holy TrinityIt is 4km away from the Municipality of Plataea, while access is easier from Plataea. Green landscape and lush vegetation constitute the characteristic of the monastery. Towering pine trees, fir trees, walnut trees, oaks, a well, which still supplies water, all these make the landscape look beautiful and help you free your soul from worries, because here you get closer to the “creator” of everything.

The monastery was built in the 15th century. It was severely damaged by the great Alcyonides earthquake in 1981. From the old monastery only the katholikon, which has significant damage, and two ruined monks’ cells survived. The church has two layers of frescoes of the 16th and 18th century.
Efforts have been made in recent years to restore it.

The monastery celebrates on Monday of the Holy Spirit and on September 14th.

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