Ruins or Treasures? How the village of Napi got it's name~!
Finally, it happened yesterday. Friends of the family - really now part of our family - my grandfather's kumbaros' (best man-woman) daughter and her family came to Ipsilometopo for coffee and a visit. We continued down to Napi to visit the church and to our surprise the folklore exhibit and archaeological museum. Wouldn't you know it was right under my nose all this time and as I peeled back another layer of my family history there in its glory in the school house lay a wonderful collection of artifacts, aeolic columns and stone structures from the archaeological site of Klopidi. My grandfather, Efstratios Sarris spoke about this important site and gives it historical significance in his book, My Ninety-Five-Year Journey.
"The village of Klomedados or Oikonomethados became Napi after some ruins of a temple of Apollo were dug up in the vicinity. One stone was inscribed Napaios, which was another name for Apollo. So they renamed the town Napi, around 1912, after the liberation from the Turks. My father owned property near where the archeologists found this ruin, and every time he plowed, he found ceramics there, a roof tile or something, nothing of value."
Even more revealing, I got to see a photograph of two of my relatives in front of the school house, Modestos Sarris and Paniotis Andreou. The museum is open every day 10-3pm except for Mondays! And if you are searching for it find the school house next to the football field and across from the St. John's Church. It's worth the 2 euro admission!