Iamia

 

Iamia or Yamia is a village in the Regional Unit of Messinia, with a population of 122 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Census. Administratively it belongs as a Community of Iamia, in the Municipal Unit of Koroni of the Municipality of Pylos-Nestoros. It is located very close and between Finikounda (7 km.) And Koroni (10 km.).

 

Location
It is located at an altitude of 294 meters, opposite Mount Zarnaura (altitude 518 meters). The 13th Provincial Road of Harakopi - Methoni passes through Iamia. It is 272 km from Athens, 232 km from Patras and 50 km from Kalamata.

Production and population data
The latest tradition states that after 1800 large families from Arcadia gradually migrated to the village, such as the families of the Mourdoukoutians ("Mourdoukoutas") and the Sardelians ("Sardelis"), who used to live as nomads, being employed. shepherds, initially moved to the village of Desylla in Messinia and from there gradually migrated to the area of ​​Pylia.

Evidence also for the folklore of Iamia, but also of other villages in the area of ​​Koroni, is also present in the work of the writer and folklorist Georgia Tarsouli.

The Blanai family ("Blanas"), originating from Arkoudorema in Arcadia, also settled in Iamia. Arkoudorema is 120 km away from Iamia.

It is a rural area, with olive oil as its main product. The olive (Koroneiki variety) is cultivated and olive oil is traded and exported. It also has small livestock and poultry farms, Cafe-Grocery and apartments for rent.

It used to have a larger population and operated a Primary School, which now serves as a polling station and a small folklore collection, among other uses.

Churches
The settlement has 4 churches. The Parish Church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni, which celebrates on May 21, the church of Agios Georgios of the Cemetery, the chapel of the Assumption of Agia Anna, near the area of ​​Hamaloni, which celebrates on July 25 and the church of the Assumption of the Virgin, near the Cemetery.