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Afytis, Afetos, Athitos
“Places where with the moon’s forget-flower and with the sun’s juices nourished me, today I dream of you”. Sun the First, Odysseas Elytis.
Athitos of the painters, Athitos of the men who love and dream of it. Its characteristic location with a view to the Toronaios Gulf, the architecture of its houses, its benevolent and often “archaic” habitants. Athitos, is the third village in row after the isthmus of Potidaia, which lies there from about 3000 BC. Ancient Afytis was an important town of Pallini and it is mentioned by the ancient writers (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Aristotle, Pausanias, Strabo etc).
The alter of Xenophon (8th century BC) and the temple of Zeus Ammon (4th century BC) contributed in making Athitos famous during these years. A prosperous town during the ancient and classic years. Athitos had its own coin that had the head of its protector, Zeus Ammon.
Athitos had a dynamic participation in the revolution of the 1821, although with a lot of victims. After the Chaos, the habitants of the village were scattered in various safer regions. Around 1827, the fugitives came back, and Athitos was for many years the largest village of Kassandra. In the middle of the 19th century, a great constructive activity was presented. In 1859, the church of St. Dimitrios was built. The church was built in the central square of the village. It was a wooden roof basilica with a dome and it was considered as the village’s “ornament”.
The visitor should look at the unique architecture of the church, the old images and the stone anaglyph in the exterior part of the south wall. The big chapels that followed it are also worth visiting. (1867, St. George, 1885 Assumption - St. Athanasios, St. Nikolaos).
The old stone-built houses with the inscriptions and the stone anaglyphs are very characteristic of Athitos. (1860 Katasanis, 1864 Papavasileiou, 1876 Galani, 1889 Aletras, 1898 Athanasiadis, etc). The house of Aletras in the central square has been converted into a folklore museum. If you take the road from the square, you will be leaded to Brahos, the balcony of the village, where you gaze Toronaios Gulf, Sithonia and Kassandra peninsulas. Then you can go up to Koutsomylos in the windswept acropolis of Athitos with a panoramic view.
Athitos is efficient in rented rooms, hotels, taverns and restaurants with good food, coffee shops and bars. The visitor, when walking in the stone paved alleys of Athitos, following Elytis in his Aegean walkabout, can enjoy the calmness of the sea in Varkes, in Pounta, in Liosi and in Dafni. Many cultural events take place during the summer. All these are organized by the habitants of Athitos and thus make Athitos a reference point for the tourist of Halkidiki.