RIGLIA

The Municipal Compartment of Riglia consists of 3 parts, namely to say Kato Riglia, Ano Riglia and Izina (Eleochorio), whereas there are 176 inhabitants, approximately.

Turning left on the road Kalamata Areopoli we reach the square of the village. The road is partly problematic and it has to be fixed. The houses, the one close to the other inside the lanes built with stones are full of brave and gentle souls. Most of these stone houses resist against the architectural anarchy.

The main agricultural occupation is olive picking, whereas in the area there is an olive oil mill.

The central church of the village is that of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros (Kato Riglia). Aghios Georgios with its outstanding bell tower and the artful frescos, as well as Koimisi tis Theotokou (Ano Riglia) are samples of exquisite architecture.

In Riglia, there is the Cultural-Agricultural Center where the local feast takes place, which is the most important event of the year.

Going uphill to Ano Riglia one sees the abandoned olive groves, the gorges and the sweet wilderness of nature. The road is problematic, whereas it becomes even more difficult on the way to Izina. The landscape is peaceful and serene breathing out a relaxing rhythm. There are only a few permanent inhabitants and most of them are foreigners. The lack of motives, the unbelievable difficulties hinder the wish of the locals to stay there. So, it seems that in the future it will become a resort place.

As we said, the road is problematic, whereas the road to the cemetery is a mess. It should be wider and armored with cement. In case of fire, there is no way out, that is why the connection of Izina with Biala is mandatory and it is only a few meters. This is also a project of great importance in order to avoid having victims in case of fire.

Despite all these, the splendor of nature, the intact landscape and the friendly smile of the locals make you feel alive and satisfied.

What is the Government doing for this forgotten part of our country?

Ant. Roumaneas

 

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