Overview

The resources of this web site are created for the use of the interested public, as well as scholars, students and members of the Parrhasian
Heritage Park coalition. We hope that the information provided here will be helpful in a variety of ways. This initiative represents a unique partnership between the local communities of Arcadia, Elis and Messenia, Greek planning professionals, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, working under the auspices of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens with the direction of and in collaboration with the ΛΘ’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Tripolis, Arcadia.

In addition, it is anticipated that this initiative will unite anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, Classicists, cultural landscape and heritage specialists, geologists, historians, landscape architects, planners and scientists of many types. Our goal of the proposed Parrhasian Heritage Park is to sustain an area of cultural significance, outstanding natural beauty and rich archaeological sites while encouraging local communities to continue living and working within the protected landscape.

Some of our specific goals are enumerated here:

  • To protect the unique vernacular features of the region that have developed over time to exemplify the Greek agricultural landscape.
  • To preserve and provide access to the areas of outstanding natural beauty found in the area, such as the Neda River gorge.
  • To highlight and protect significant archaeological sites including: the first Greek sanctuary to be recognized on the World Heritage List, the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai; one of the famous Pan-Hellenic sanctuaries, Mt. Lykaion, that features the only visible hippodrome in the Greek world, and an altar that may have been used over 5,000 years ago in the Sanctuary of Zeus.
  • To allow citizen and government collaboration on planning to share their concerns about localized needs.
  • To encourage economic growth associated with tourism, bringing an estimated one million new visitors to the area.
  • To establish guidelines for managing change in the region.
  • To protect the integrity of the existing cultural and natural landscape.
  • To support the traditional culture that exists in the modern day.