Kalamata is the capital of Messenia in the southwestern Peloponnese with 60,000 inhabitants. The landmark of the capital city of Messenia is the Franconian castle from the 13th century, which towers over the city of Kalamata. The castle has a small amphitheater where summer festivals take place. Below the castle is the old town, where there are several Byzantine churches. The monastery "Kalograion Monastery", which is located southeast of the castle, is well known. This monastery is known for its silk weaving. Today 23 nuns still live in the monastery.
The church of the monastery is called "Konstantinos & Eleni". To the south of the castle is the "Ypapanti" church, where there is a public car park. The most beautiful manor house in Kalamata is the "Korfotiaki Mansion". This building have the Ottomane used as a courthouse, located at the end of the Ypapanti Strasse. This manor house has been restored and now the Museum of Sacred Architecture is housed there. North of Ypapanti Street is the Kalamatas University of Music, which is located in a beautiful neoclassical building. On the Ypapantistr. 36 you can admire another neoclassical building. The "Alexandrakeion Mansion". The benefactor "Spyridonas Alexandrakis" left this beautiful manor house to the city of Kalamata. Today the State Archives of Messenia is housed there. Kalamata has 320 neoclassical mansions owned by the city that are used for public purposes. The library, which is also a cultural center, is also located on Ypapantistrasse. The Kalamata Historical Folklore Museum is located in a neoclassical manor house on the west side of Ypapantistrasse, Eck Kiriakou Street and Agiou Ioanou. On Boulevard 23 Martiou (can be reached southeast of Ypapanti Street), countless small specialty shops, bars and cafes invite you to stroll.
There is a nice big square "Platia 23 Martiou" the meeting point for young people and artists. The church "Ag. Apostoli", which is located at the northern end of the boulevard, is very worth seeing on this boulevard. Kalamata is the largest city in the Peloponnese after Patras. The port of Kalamata is a large industrial port, with a marina. After Crete, Kalamata is the largest exporter of olive oil and dried figs. The largest tobacco factory in Greece "Karelia" is also in Kalamata. Thanks to the university and the theater, Kalamata is the cultural highlight of the South Peloponnese. From Kalamata, ferries go to Kastelli-Kissamos (West Crete). Kalamata also has an airport, it is the sixth largest city in Greece.
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