Nomitsi

Picturesque Nomitsi (or Nomitsis or Nomitzis) of the municipality of Western Mani is built amphitheatrically at the foot of a small hill having a panoramic view over the Messinian bay, 57 km to the southeast of Kalamata, between Thalames and Platsa.

The origin of the name of the village is related either to the existence of “Nomiki” in the region, i.e a decision making place in the years of acne of ancient Thalames or the residence of lawyers (“nomikoi” in Greek) who worked in ancient Thalames or to a local artist named Nomitsis.

There are also ruins of a medieval village over Nomitsi, while the Byzantine churches on the road that connects the villages, attest the acne of the region during the Byzantine period: the parish church of Saint Georgios with rare scriptural hagiographic work, carved temple and imposing bell tower of 1730, Ypapanti (14th century) with temple having frescoes, the one room vaulted church of Panayitsa with hagiographies on the roof, the Ascension with frescoes of 1704 , Saint Efstratios in the settlement of Pano Koymani and Saint Nicolaos with frescoes made by the school of Koutifaris.

The two most important monuments in Nomitsi are located on the central road that connects Exo with Ano Mani since antiquity. The first one is the church of Agioi Anargyroi in the settlement Koymani and the church of Transfiguration, one of the oldest temples in the region, which has important elements of local medieval architecture, sculpture and painting.