Built at the foothills of Kissavos, very close to the coastal zone of Thessaly, Agia is a beautiful, fertile and historic place.
The existence of monuments from all historical periods proves the continuous habitation of the area and its strategic position.
There are traces of habitation already from prehistoric times, such as the archaeological site at Palioskala, which was excavated in 2003.
From the Roman period and the 2nd century BC, the Bathat Neromilos, which was supplied with water from the adjacent springs of Vathyrema, has been preserved. It includes all the known areas of the Roman baths with a central hall, as well as cold, lukewarm and hot bath areas. The bath proves the existence of an organized, thriving settlement in the area.
Excavation of Paleoskala settlement
In the Byzantine period and in the 11th century, a complex of monasteries and ascetics with a structure similar to that of Mount Athos developed in the coastal zone of Kissavos, the Mount of Keli, in the 11th century.
The continuous habitation of the area demonstrates the flourishing economy of Agia, which for centuries was based on agricultural production. Viticulture, sericulture and cotton production became the basis during the Ottoman period for the development of trade and crafts and the development of a wealthy town.
Ascetaria of Agioi Anargyro Monastery. Mount of Cells
Monuments of Agia such as the Holy Monastery of Timios Prodromos, the Holy Monastery of St. John the Theologian, the Monastery of St. George, the Monastery of St. John of Kerasa, and many other churches and monasteries belong to this period.
In 1881, Agia, along with the rest of Thessaly, became part of the Greek territory. In the same year, the Thessalian Affair began, which concerned the transfer of the huge areas – ”tsiflikia”of the Ottomans to the new Greek owners and the dire deterioration of the position of the cultivators – ”colligon” in these areas. The conflicts between the cultivators and the landowners were constant. The personality, of course, who has been identified with the struggle of the farmers is none other than MarinosAdypa who was murdered by the Tsiflicans in 1907. In the Local Community of Omoliou of the Municipality of Agia is the Agricultural Exhibition Centre of Omoliou “Marinos Antypas” which has a rich folklore collection from the rural life of the past centuries.
Today the plain of Agia produces apples, cherries and chestnuts of excellent quality. Tourism now contributes to the economy of the region. The natural environment, the sea, the mountain paths, the axiways and the infrastructure have made Agia a popular destination.