Argyropouli is a village in central Greece (in Thessaly in particular) and is situated on the south slopes of the world wide known mountain Olympus. It is 29 km from Larissa with a population of 1.800 inhabitants. At a distance of 2,5 km from the village of Argyropouli, at the foot of Lower Olympus, there flows the “Mati” river with a nearby lake known to the locals as the “Glass of Argyropouli”. At the bottom of this lake there is the only natural source left in Thessaly at a depth of about six to ten meters.
Argyropouli ( argyros = silver + pouli = bird ) got its modern name after a very rare species of duck, silver duck, that would find refuge in the nearby lake; hence the emblem, symbol of the village. It is a matter of fact that nature itself knows what is best for her children, the flora and fauna of an area! Let’s listen to her!
The ancient poet Homer refers to some city called “Heloni” as taking part in the Trojan War and which probably is the later “Limoni” of the classical era, a city with fertile pasture irrigated by the waters of “Mati” source. The ruins of the fortress or acropolis still exist on “Kastri” hill north to Argyropouli.
The legend has it that in this lake there is a whole city down there with the temple of Pluto guarded by dragons that used to dig and stir up the waters so that for tens of years in the past fear dominated those who would take a chance to swim in it!