Argyra, Greece

Argyra, Greece
Argyra is located in Greece
Coordinates 38°17′N 21°51′E / 38.283°N 21.85°E / 38.283; 21.85Coordinates: 38°17′N 21°51′E / 38.283°N 21.85°E / 38.283; 21.85
Country: Greece
Region: West Greece
Regional unit: Achaea
Municipality: Patras
Municipal unit: Rio
Population statistics (as of 2001)
 - Population: 370
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Auto: AX

Argyra (Greek: Αργυρά is a village in the municipal unit of Rio, Achaea, Greece. As of 2001, it had a population of 354 for the village and sits at 1,000 m above sea level. The village is situated in the mountainous area with its mountaintop known as Kallifoni elevating at 1,998 m to the north, it sits on the foot of Mount Erymanthos.


Nearest places

  • Drepano, northwest
  • Sella, east
  • Ano Kastritsi, southwest
  • Platani, west


Year Population
1981 305
1991 275
2001 370


Argyra is located 15 km east from Patras, 7 km from the GR-8/E65 (Athens - Corinth - Patras), and the GR-5 (E55) with the GR-48 (E65) interchange, 9 km from the centre of Rio, and about 30 km west of Aigio.

Geography and history

Argyra dates back to the ancient times. It was and is still located east of Rio and was near Volini[1] after the river Charandros and next to the homonymous spring. During Pausanias's period, the area was abandoned and ruined for years. It is named after the nymph Argyra in according to the Greek mythology, live nearby a spring and loved the shepherd's water, Selemnus, as he got older, the nymph which she left[2]. From Selemnos receives its name to the river which flows around the area.

The ancient city is located between the villages of Kastritsi and Argyra in the modern municipality of Rio, its original location has been lost.

Afterwards, nearly nothing was recorded and lost its fame until the Greek War of Independence in 1821 after nearly 375 years of Ottoman and partial Venetian rules.

After World War II and the Greek Civil War, its buildings were rebuilt and emigration occurred at a higher rate until 1981 through to 1991, it became one of the few villages in mountainous Achaia to regain is population. Dessino became connected with asphalt in the 2000s. Electricity, radio and automobiles were introduced in the mid-20th century, television in the late-20th century and computer and internet at the turn of the millennium. In 1997, the ex-community (now a village and a municipal district) joined to become the newly formed municipality of Aroania. Recently in the early-2000s, its new windmill facility that contains around 50 windmills in an area of 20 to 30 km² or 3,000 ha is about 6 km directly to the south, it first operated around the mid-2000s.

Today, it is a village with a few inhabitants, it is populated during the summer months. The population depends on olive productions.

See also

  • List of places in the Achaia prefecture


  1. ^ Pausanias Achaia
  2. ^ Pausanias Achaika

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