Iraia is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 37°37′N 21°57′E / 37.617°N 21.950°E / 37.617; 21.950Coordinates: 37°37′N 21°57′E / 37.617°N 21.950°E / 37.617; 21.950
Administrative regionPeloponnese
Regional unitArcadia
 • Municipal unit144.0 km2 (55.6 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationTP

Iraia (Greek: Ηραία) is a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it became a municipal unit of the municipality of Gortynia.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 144.002 km2.[3] It consists of 27 villages. Population 1,552 (2011). The seat of the municipality was in Paloumpa. The municipality is named after the ancient Arcadian city of Heraia. The region was known in recent times for the construction workers (mastori) who came from the villages of Servos and Lyssarea. Pausanias describes the ancient cities of Heraia and Melaineai and their buildings.[4] An excavation near Lyssarea uncovered buildings, mosaics, as well as gold and silver coins.[citation needed]

Notable people

The village of Loutra Iraias is the birthplace of the film-maker Constantinos Gavras (Costa-Gavras).


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ Pausanias Description of Greece 8.26