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  • Nomia (Νόμια) Lakonia
  • Moving from Areopolis to Tainaro, just before Koita, a small sign on the right of the road leads you to Nomia. The village today has 41 inhabitants, 45 km from Gythio and 4 km from Gerolimenas. Its name probably comes from from the word pasture, since in the area there were and still are many pastures. The name Nomia, pasture, comes from the verb nemomai that is: graze. The Nemeian mountain is also called Nomia, the western Lycaean mountain of Megalopolis and the place Nemea in Argolida, today's Nemea, from the cows of Hera or Danaos that grazed there. Because those ancestors never gave us names without embodying even in their myths value and truth. In fact, the surrounding areas of the village of Nomia Deilikia, Lachos, as well as the western parts, beyond the Lakko of Nomia fields, are still called Nomadia, ie pastures. That is why it is better to say "Ta Nomia" and not "I Nomia"

    Its history is intertwined with the neighboring village of Koita and despite the glaring modern alterations of traditional architecture, both villages are characterized by a large number of tower houses. An old saying of Mesa Mani says: "Look at the polypyrgos and Nomia is like it". Let's not forget that the fortifications started here with the construction of the first towers and the area is rightly considered the cradle of the Maniatika Pyrgos. his church.Let's not forget that the fortifications started here with the construction of the first towers and the area is rightly considered the cradle of the Mani Towers. The village is organized in districts of different families (Patsilinakos, Mesisklis, Michalakakos, Patsouros) each with its tower houses and its church.

    The tower of the Mesiskli family expresses to the fullest extent its influence in the area of ​​Nomia during the pre-revolutionary years, especially before the emergence of the Niklians as chiefs in Mesa Mani, mainly during the Second Ottoman Empire. As in any other Mani settlement and complex, the power of the family was reflected in its fortifications. In February 1837, Captain M. Feder was sent to Mani by the government with an army and money to enforce the laws on the demolition of towers. When the governor announced the decisions in the villages, the residents not only refused to cooperate, but also showed rebellious sentiments.

    Mesisklis told him that the king is asking for a large payment for the position he gives me, I would prefer everyone to have their own. For the people of Mani, it was considered a great shame to tear down their towers, especially when they had a long history. The occupation of this tower became a bone of contention between branches of the family in more recent times to the point of retaliation. This happened because the tower was massive, as it is said, collective, that is, with the passage of time and the division of the branches, the family came into conflict.

    During the Greek Revolution of 1821, Theodoros Mesisklis was the leader of Mesa Mani. He is said to have been born in 1783 and came from Nomia of the old Municipality of Messis in Laconia. During the period of the revolution he held the rank of chieftain and is mentioned by the later supporter of Th. Kolokotronis Fotakos as one of the chiefs of Mani who entered Kalamata on March 23, 1821. During the period of Kapodistrias (1828 - 1831) During the later Ottoman period he held military positions, that is, in 1835 he served as National Guard of Mani, in 1836 he was appointed second lieutenant of the Third Light Battalion of Mani of the patriotic captain of the Laconian Phalanx. In the year 1839 he was appointed with the same rank in the then newly formed 4th Quarter of Falanga, under the command of Nikolaos Pierakos. He was also honored with the silver excellence of the Struggle. He married Maria Komonitza in 1806 and had two sons and three daughters. He died on November 17, 1840 in Nomia, Laconia.

    The Mani ethos of this warrior appeared when Feder, after first giving him his promotion, as captain of the Laconian phalanx, then asked him on behalf of the king to demolish his tower.

    Mesisklis replied: "The king is asking for a large payment for the position he gives me, I would prefer everyone to have their own." Feder challenged him that Ligorogonas accepted and Mesisklis replied: Grigorakakis is Brilliant while I am at Christmas. With the above he wanted to say that Grigorakakis is a good warrior but unreliable like the mobile celebration of Lambri while he is faithful to his ideas like Christmas which is always on December 25. One of the most special and historic towers of Mani is located in Media of Mesa Mani and belongs to the Mesiskli family. This tower, along with some others in the surrounding area, claims the title of the oldest tower in Mani in the form we know it today.

    We do not know the exact date of its creation for two reasons. Firstly because due to age there are no written testimonies for its construction and secondly because this tower like many others in Mani was built on older sites where pre-existing residential buildings existed. The most probable period of its construction dates back to the end of the 17th to the beginning of the 18th century. In other words, it is considered a pre-revolutionary construction as a whole. The Mesisklis family tower is located in the center of Nomia. It is about 9 meters high, standing majestically in the settlement. It is surrounded by other houses of the Mesisklis family for security reasons. In the event of war, the occupants of the houses approached the family tower. In addition, the houses connected to his tower offered greater security because they covered him, making him more inaccessible.

    The publisher Dimitrios Dimitrakos came from the village.

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