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Karytaina (Greek: Καρύταινα, also Καρίταινα) is a village and a community in Arcadia, Greece. It was the seat of the former municipality Gortyna. in 2001 Karytaina had a population of 204 for the village and 257 for the community, which includes the villages Kalyvakia and Karvounaris. Karytaina is situated on a hill on the right bank of the river Alfeios, near its confluence with the Lousios. The Frankish Castle of Karytaina was built on a steep rocky outcrop in 1245 by Geoffrey of Briel.
Karytaina is 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Stemnitsa, 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Andritsaina, 12 km (7.5 mi) south of Dimitsana and 12 km (7.5 mi) northwest of Megalopoli. The Greek National Road 76 (Krestena - Andritsaina - Megalopoli) passes east of the town. Karytaina was depicted on the reverse of the Greek 5000 drachmas banknote of 1984-2001.[2] Karytaina has schools, a church, and several shops and services. The village is built at the top of a hill around its medieval castle, in the site of ancient Vrenthi, and is specially distinguished for its medieval character, due to its castle, houses and byzantine churches.

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