Name

Partial view of the village, and in front of it is the Koukouna’s area gardens.

As we have been informed by the reputable book of our compatriot Agesilaos Sgouritsas, Vassaras-Verroia, the name Vassaras mainly comes from the name of the god Bacchus, who according to mythology was the god of wine. And because the area of Vassaras was full of vineyards, and as a result produced a great amount of wine, it took on the name of the god Bacchus, and it is the reason why originally it was called Baccharas, and later changed to Vassaras. Another reason why we believe that the name Vassaras comes from Bacchus is that, during earlier times were discovered various statues and pottery shards in the area of “Zevgolateio,” which attested to the existence of a temple dedicated to Dionysos, who is also known as Bacchus. From different indications, we believe that the Zevgolateio was the center or most aristocratic area [of the region] of that time, which along with the rest of the places, like Mavrilas, Ampelaki, Perraia, and other small settlements like that, constituted the area of Vassaras. In the location of modern Vassaras, began the building of the village, in the early 18th century, starting from the areas around the church of Evaggelistria, and progressively expanded toward the lower and the other surrounding areas. The first house which was built, they say, was the Nikoleteiko Tower. From various occasional and unofficial discoveries we see that, not only was there a magnificent temple there in the area of Zevgolateio, but also baths and an aqueduct, which reveal that they brought water from the spring of Kamari.
The olive mill with the Stamatira mountain in the back.At the Zevgolateio, except for the ruins of the baths, whose protrudes almost one meter above the ground, are preserved also many foundations of homes, as well as many shards of earthen objects. It would be good to also mention an event, which clearly demonstrates the production, and indeed the most excellent production, of wine at Vassaras. Every Saturday at Mystras the people of Vassaras brought their wines to sell, while the rest of the producers from other areas were force to sell their wines at clearance prices, because in comparison with the wines.