A popular resort with a fascinating past
The village of Pedoula is twinned (sister city) with the Municipality of Paiania and the former Trikolonion Municipality of Gortynia. Both twinning took place on the initiative and under the care of the late Andreas L. Greek.
The History of the Village:
The history of Pedoulas dates back to Byzantine times. During the period of Frankish and Venetian rule it was royal property. In 1853 AD Pedoulas began and signaled the education. It is noteworthy that since 1700 AD schools in Pedoulas are already in operation.
The occupations and crops in the village:
Farming was sometimes the main occupation of the inhabitants of Pedoulas. Pedoulas has always been an ideal place for growing cherries, apples and other fruit trees. But agriculture alone did not produce enough income so women began to work on textiles, most households had looms with which they made cotton and woolen fabrics, carpets and rugs. Additionally, Pedoula's inhabitants worked on the processing of skins from which shoes and boots were made.
Before the end of World War II, Pedoulas was a pioneering center for tourism and cherry production and at that time it was the cultural and commercial center of the fourteen villages of the Marathasa region.
Photo: Michalis Nicolaou
The sights and churches of Pedoulas:
In Pedoulas you will find the Byzantine Museum of Pedoulas, which was created on the pre-eminence of Metropolitan Morphou Neophytos to house icons and sacred relics (13th - 20th centuries) that were saved by the churches of Pedoulas. The Byzantine Museum is located close to the sacred temple of Archangel Michael. Like the Community Folklore Museum.
In addition, in Pedoulas, there are important churches such as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Church of Archangel Michael, the Chapel of St. Raphael of the Rocks, the Chapel of Virgin Mary of Borin, the Chapel of St. Panagiotis, the Chapel Agios Onoufrios, Agia Marina Chapel, Agia Paraskevi Chapel and St. George's Chapel.
Photo: Charis Theocharous
In Pedoulas there are also Walking Paths to the Kykkos Monastery, Walking Trails to the surrounding villages of Moutoullas and Kalopanagiotis and the Monument of Michael Stravaros by Pedoulas who was killed in Bitsani-Greece during the Balkan War of 1912-14.
Photo: Irene Eliades
Pedoulas is also a popular resort with several hotels, apartments, restaurants and cafes. It is a destination for agrotourism, good food and fresh air. Additionally there is a bank, a police station and a hospital.
For the map of the area, click HERE