This small village has been built on the eastern slopes of Mt. Niritos. The village’s history dates back centuries and it has been a human settlement for more than 6000 years. Anogi was named from the rocky plateau of Niritos which was also called Anogi. Niritos was the name of the first inhabitant of this area and his name has been given to the mountain.
During the Middle Ages, Anogi was well populated as its height, 830 metres above sea level, afforded protection from visiting pirates. There is evidence of an ancient settlement in Agios Ioannis (Sternes), where ruins of an ancient people, dating back to the Hellenistic period, have been discovered. Some of these findings are now exhibited at the Archaeological Museum in Stavros.
Today, there are only about 45 permanent residents of the village although it is much busier and frequently visited during the summer months. As well as enjoying the delightful and impressive views from the village, you can take a walk to the large stone monolith which has been there since the ice age. Pay special attention the one named Araklis, clearly a paraphrase of the name Herakles.
At the heart of the village is the church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, which is quite unique as a monument in Greece and is notable its historically important Venetian bell tower. Within the church, wonderful paintings and icons of saints and angels can be viewed and the quality of work bears witness to the outstanding talents of the iconographer, Antonios from Agrafa , who completed the work in 1680. The key to the church can be taken from the local guardian who is to be found in the only cafe/store in the village.
Also worth a visit is the site of the old village, Paxinata, where there is still much evidence of buildings and various small churches. Pathways lead from this area to both Kioni and to Agia Eleousa, higher up the mountain. The historical Monastery of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Kathara is only 2.5 km from Anogi. Built around 1696, the monastery is now undergoing an impressive refurbishment and still affords the most unforgettable views from its bell tower and the opportunity to see the icon of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, who is celebrated and worshipped each September on the eighth of the month.