The Mainalo or Menalo (Greek, Modern: Μαίναλο, Ancient/Katharevousa: -on), older forms: Mainalon, Mainalos, Menalon, Menalos, rarely Menalus or Mainalos, Latin forms: Maenalos and Maenalus, rarely Maenalon is a mountain range that spans about 15 to 20 from north to south (southwest of Tripoli to NE of Vytina) and from east to west from 5 to 10 km. (from Zygovisti to Kapsas. In the medieval times and until the late-20th century, the mountain was known as Apano Chrepa. It is also a village which is located in the mountain range and dates back to the ancient times. The mountain is home to the skiing resort which is located in the middle of a mountain 20 km NW of Tripoli and 9 km SW of GR-74/GR-33, northbound. The elevation of the skiing resort is at 1,550 m. The panorama of the northern part of Arcadia and the Lyrkian mountains. There is a communications tower which broadcasts television and radio stations to Tripoli. It is located about 140 km SW of Patras, about 75 km S of Kalavryta, about 20 km SW of E65 superhighway, about 85 km (old: about 120 km SW of Corinth, 80 km W of Argos and about 90 km W of Nafplio, about 90 km (old: 100 km) ENE of Kalamata and about 140 km E of Pyrgos. The name of the mountain comes from a figure in Greek mythology. The mountain range is entirely surrounded by roads, the GR-74 runs around the Mainalo to the north and the east and a road linking Tripoli and villages W of Tripoli and to Vytina with a low speed limit is to the south and west. The western part west of Mainalo does not have much roads. The mountaintop which is also Ostrakia elevating at 1,860 m is in the northwest central part. Mainalo is also the tallest mountain in Arcadia. The highest mountaintop is named Profiti Ilia. The entire area is also a parkland.
- Thana, SE
- Tripoli, SE
- Chania, ESE
- Kapsas, E
- Levidi, N
- Vytina, NW
- Dimitsana, W
- Zygovisti, SW
- Davia, SW
||1,986 m (official)
||northern Arcadia, Greece
||approx. 25 km, north to south
approx. from 5 to 10 km from east to west
The geography of the Panachaicus are forested between 800 m and 1,800 m with a type of pine trees in the central part including most of the eastern and the southeastern half. Areas over about 1,500 m are barren land in the central part and grasslands and rocks dominate the western part. Most of the mountain are forested. The mountain also has creeks and streams and a valley including one in the northeast with the road to the skiing resort. There are no valleys to the north or the southern part. The area also has forest roads.
The municipal boundaries lies in the middle of the range. Vytina is to the west and northwest, Levidi is to the north and northeast, Mantinteia to the northeast and east, Tripoli to the southeast and south and Davia to the southwest.
On February 13, 2005, a tragic hiking accident occurred just 5 m below the top of the mountain. The weather was a blizzard and one of the climbers had no pathway but to follow that one which was the cause of this tragedy. Ambulance arrived at the area and the head? of Arcadia.
Menalon is also a hotel in Tripoli and Menalos is also an ancient city where he lived in Mantineia.
- Longitude: 22.3065 (22°18'25') E
- Latitude: 38.531 (38°31'53') N
Postal code: 221 00
Elevation: 880 m
Dialing code: +11+30-2710 (030-2710)
Mainalo has a small school, a church, a small hotel and a small square (plateia).
There were also ancient Olympic gold medallists that were from Mainalos:
- Androsthenes of Maenalus, won gold in 420 and 416 BC
- Euthymenes of Maenalus, won gold in 400 and 392 BC
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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