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Karyes (Greek: Καρυές, before 1930: Αράχωβα - Arachova[2]) is a village and a former community in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Sparti, of which it is a municipal unit.[3] The municipal unit has an area of 64.426 km2.[4] It is located roughly midway between Tripoli and Sparti. Population 729 (2011).


View of Karyes.
View of Karyes.
Karyes is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 37°17′N 22°30′E / 37.283°N 22.500°E / 37.283; 22.500Coordinates: 37°17′N 22°30′E / 37.283°N 22.500°E / 37.283; 22.500
Administrative regionPeloponnese
Regional unitLaconia
 • Municipal unit64.43 km2 (24.88 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationAK


Caryae or Karyai (Ancient Greek: Καρυαί) was a town in ancient Laconia, near the border with Arcadia. It was situated on the road from Tegea to Sparta.[5] Caryae had a sanctuary of Artemis, where the Lacedaemonian maidens held chorus dances.[6] The caryatids, sculpted female figures used in architecture, were probably named after these maidens from Caryae.[5] The modern village Karyes was named after this ancient town.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  4. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  5. ^ a b   Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Caryae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1. London: John Murray. p. 555.
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 3.10.7