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Prokopata

Prokopata is one of the smallest villages of Kefalonia. It is located just outside the island’s capital, Argostoli. After Koutavos, the road passes by two bridges, under of which lies the cavernous chapel of Santa Barbara and then leads to Prokopata.

Pre-earthquake the village was built on top of the hill, however after 1953, was rebuilt in its current safer location. The earthquakes of that year had completely destroyed it, but it was rebuilt with the aid of the benefactor Panayi Markesini. From the ruins of the old village the view to the surrounding countryside, the village Razata even if the Monastery of St. Gerasimos, is worth the climb. In Prokopata, there is still a source of drinking water, which is considered one of the best quality water in Kefalonia.

Prokopata is one of the oldest residential areas of Kefalonia, as the excavations in the area have brought to light findings from 4,000 BC.

During the Second World War, the Italian commanders of Kefalonia have installed in Prokopata, Italian troops and had built shelters, which can be seen even today. In the tradition of Italy, the majority of Italians were here executed in cold blood by the Germans. The tradition even says that they set them under a pine tree, which is known to residents until nowadays.

 

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