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Skoutari (Greek: Σκουτάρι, in classical antiquity Asine) is a village and a community of the municipality of East Mani. The 2011 census recorded 234 residents in the village and 293 residents in the community. According to local tradition it was founded by refugees from the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

In Mycenaean period of Greece, there was thought to be a town called Vorthona which is now submerged. In Ancient Greece, the town used to be called Asine. The town was under Spartan control. In 218 BC, the inhabtitants of Asine defeated the army of Philip V of Macedon, who was besieging the town. During the Roman period it belong to Sparta ever though most of the other towns in the area were part of the Union of Free Laconians.

The modern town of Skoutari was founded in 1453 AD by refugees from the Skoutari district of Constantinople who fled from the Ottomans during the Fall of Constantinople. While the rest of Greece fell to the Ottoman Turks, Mani remained free. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Skoutari became a haven for pirates which rivalled Oitylo. The Ottomans tried to conquer Mani in 1780 and they laid siege to the tower of the Grigorakis clan, which was one of the most powerful in Mani and whose base was Skoutari and they blew it up with gunpowder after a three-day siege. The Ottoman army was later defeated in the Battle of Vromopigada in the plain outside Skoutari and repelled from Mani. The Ottomans tried to capture Skoutari again in 1815 but they were defeated and driven back. In 1832, Greece was recognized as an independent state and Skoutari became part of it. During World War II, Greece was invaded by the Germans and Italians who captured Skoutari.

Now Skoutari is a peaceful sea town with around 150 residents during summer. Skoutari was struck by a forest fire in the last days of July 2007, it did not consume as much of the area as the 2006 dangerous fires, several firefighters, helicopters and planes battled the fire for days and left some groves and forests in damages.

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Comments (20)

Aggeliki Voga on September 20, 2010

Α-1 γιατι το Σκουταρι εχει πολυ ομορφη παραλια!!

Christos Theodorou on September 21, 2010

Και να φανταστείς έχω κολυμπήσει εκεί μέσα Οκτωβρίου. Θα μου πεις όχι και καταχείμωνο βέβαια.

:-)Fiala(-: on April 13, 2011

Beautiful palce super photo!L2!

Greetings fiala

Christos Theodorou on April 13, 2011

==Fiala== - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on September 4, 2012

gugro47 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Far lang on February 18, 2013

It seems to be a wonderful beach. LIKE. Greetings, Heinz.

Christos Theodorou on February 18, 2013

Farlang - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

~~~ Thomas ~~~ on July 24, 2013

Nice view along the beach.

LIKE

Greetings Thomas.

Christos Theodorou on July 24, 2013

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Ruggero Sampieri on February 5, 2014

Bella spiaggia, tranquilla e solitaria. Bella immagine.
Like 6. Saluti, Ruggero.

Christos Theodorou on February 5, 2014

Ruggero Sampieri - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

miru3po on March 8, 2014

波打際に微妙なウエーブ、不思議な現象ですね。LIKE

Christos Theodorou on March 9, 2014

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Filip Jurovatý on September 6, 2015

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Christos Theodorou on September 6, 2015

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HonzaM on January 8

Excellent photo!!LIKE!Thank you very much for visiting my gallery and for the nice comment! Greetings from Czech Republic! HONZA.

Christos Theodorou on January 8

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Imre Lakat on March 5

Very beautiful picture , very nice shot !

Like + Fav !

Friendly greetings from Hungary , Imre

Christos Theodorou on March 5

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Christos Theodorou on May 29

> 10.000 views!


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