Kremmydia: The Only Greek Village In The Guinness World Records

  • by XpatAthens
  • Sunday, 04 February 2024
Kremmydia: The Only Greek Village In The Guinness World Records
Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Messinia, Greece, lies the unsuspecting village of Kremmydia—its charm extending beyond the scenic beauty that surrounds it. Positioned less than 20 kilometers from Pylos, specifically in Pylia, this gem unveils a unique distinction that has etched its name into the prestigious Guinness Book of Records.

For those exploring the region from the vibrant city of Kalamata, Kremmydia is a captivating stopover, known by alternate names like Fourtzokermyda, Velanidia, or Fourtzi. Contrary to any assumptions related to its name, the village's claim to fame in the Guinness Book of Records is not linked to onions or agricultural feats.

In 1999, Kremmydia earned its place in history by boasting the largest percentage of graduate scientists among its residents, a remarkable 30% of the population. The accolade reflects the village's commitment to education and intellectual pursuits, a legacy dating back to 1893, when the village's school first commenced its operations. The remarkable journey from its educational roots to the record-breaking feat saw a total of 810 graduates emerge as scholars and scientists.

Steeped in ancient history, Kremmydia's roots trace back to Nestor's kingdom in ancient Pylos. The current settlement, a fusion of three older settlements—Fourtzi or Frutzi (later Velanidies or Velanidia since 1927), Ano Kremmydia, and Kato Kremmydia—holds historical significance. Kremmydi, the oldest of the settlements, has been documented since the Venetian occupation, while the others date back to at least the foundation of the Greek State.

Beyond its intellectual prowess, Kremmydia echoes the battles fought on its soil. On April 7, 1825, the village witnessed a historic clash between Ibrahim's troops, fresh invaders of the Peloponnese, and Greek rebels led by Kyriakos Skourtis from Hydra. The fierce engagement involved around 3,400 Egyptians and 3,250 Greeks, culminating in a challenging retreat for the Greeks after losing approximately 600 men.

Kremmydia, a village that combines intellect, history, and natural beauty, invites travelers to explore its layers of significance—a journey through time and achievement in the heart of Messinia.

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Translated by: Codico Lab