Thursday, December 15, 2016

Merbaka, Southern Greece

Merbaka village (currently named Agia Triada, i.e. Holy Trinity) is situated at the centre of the Argolic plain in the Peloponnese, southern Greece.
The name of the village is derived from the name of the Corinthian Latin Bishop “Wilhelm von Moerbeke”. Around 1280 A.D. the bishop made his seat the monastery of Vouzi (found within the borders of the present village).

The political history of Merbaka is certainly a great one. In summary it is possible for one to say that since it had played a role in the revolution of 1821, it later took up the position of capital in the municipality of Mideas. From the 21st of August 1812 it became autonomous, a separate village which kept two neighbouring villages as settlements. These in turn became gradually separate from the curator of Merbaka and ended up as self-governed communities. The inhabitants of the village then took part in the two great wars of the 20th century.

The name of the village –Merbaka – was changed on the 29th of December 1953 by royal decree to become Agia Triada.
The ecclesiastical history of the village – which belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Argolida – is definitely more important. This is due to the fact that within its boundaries exists the 12th century church of the Blessed Virgin, which is the “catholico” of the old monastery of Vouzi. This church is a building of special artistic worth and for this it has been studied by Greek and foreign, specialist academics.
The present cathedral of the village is honoured by the name Agia Triada (the Holy Trinity). From this, the village took its new name.[1]

[1]Salapatas, Anastasios, «Στοιχεία Ιστορίας και Λαογραφίας του χωριού Μέρμπακα», Cardiff, 1988.

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