Regarding the origin of its name, it is believed that it derives from the word Agia which means street; in earlier times it was related to Apollo Agiati (from Agia).According to another etymological version it derives from the Arabic-Turkish word ‘ajan’ which means a large village; it is also argued that it derives from the Greek adjective ‘agia’ (saint) that qualified a noun which has finally been omitted. In the years of Turkish occupation the name Yenitze was often commonly used, too.

Agia is the seat of the Municipality of Agia. Its population amounts to more than 3,000 inhabitants and is situated at the foot of mount Kissavos at 250 m above sea-level from the bright Greek plain of Datio.

Due to the morphology and fertility of its soil it was first inhabited in the Prehistoric Age. The Prehistoric settlement of Agia dates from the Late and Middle Copper Age. It is situated on the site of Kostari.

Successive dry stone walls constitute boundaries between the fields and uphold its steps. In the 11th century, it became an imperial possession and displayed important religious life and great economic prosperity. Its long history has been marked by numerous attacks, plunders and conquests.

Agia has significant Byzantine museums such as the monasteries of Saint Anargiri, of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Panteleimon. Moreover, it has numerous religious museums dating from the Post-Byzantine era. Every year, a number of events bring out the cultural heritage of Agia.

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