Late 13th century: Sykia becomes the theatre of a very interesting series of historical events that have been thoroughly researched by historians.
The story goes as follows:
1292: During the times of Frankokratia in the Peloponnese, Florent of Hainaut, the Frankish Prince of Achaea, proclaims his nephew, Walter of Liederkerque, governor of Corinth. At that time, Sykia constituted a fief belonging to the princedom of Corinth. Many Greeks, among which the prominent Photios Zassis, who belonged to the well respected Zassis family, decide to settle in Corinth. Photios's commercial activities in Corinth are so successful that allow him to live as if he were a Prince himself. Walter, on the other hand, squanders the tax money that he collects from the local Greek population and literally plunders the richest among them.He arbitrarily decides to imprison Photios because he judges that his wealth exceeds the standard. In addition to this, he demands a ransom of 10.000 hyperpyra (golden Byzantine coins) for Photios's freedom, menacing a member of his family, Iakovos Zassis, or otherwise he would kill Photios. Iakovos doesn't respond to this demand, and as a result, Walter removes two of Photios's teeth. However, Photios, manages to find 1.000 hyperpyra to give to Walter in ransom, promising to pay him the other 9.000 if he sets him free. Photios is finally released and seeks justice from Florent, who treats him indifferently. Consequently, Photios, decides to take vengeance himself.
1295: Photios finds himself in Sykia, seeking revenge. At about the same time, the Baron of Vostitsa (today, Aigio), Guy of Charpigny, who happened to pass by the region with his sailing boat, mesmerized by the beauty of this bay, decides to debark in order to admire the shore. As soon as Photios sets eyes on the Baron, he mistakes him for Walter, attacks him and lethally wounds him to the head with his sword. Charpigny dies of his serious wounds. When Photios realizes his fault, he takes refuge in Mystras. In the meantime, Florent demands from the General of Mystras to find and punish the killer.The General of Mystras, considering that Walter's avarice triggered those series of events, frees Photios from any charge.
Sykia, possessing all the advantages of becoming a big and important city, was populated by noblemen coming from Trikala, Karya and Yellini.
1846: The village's kodjabashides (a local Greek nobility) assigned the ambitious project of a city plan for Sykia to a famous Bavarian engineer from Athens.This engineer had originally designed a plan including broad boulevards, schools, squares, even a gymnasium.Unfortunately, personal rivalries, political and economical interests didn't allow this project to be fulfilled. Andreas Notaras, adjutant and lord chamberlain to Otto, held back the project and never let it to be properly carried out. Notaras's interests were associated rather with the advancement of the neighboring town of Xylokastro were his family originated from and did everything to impede the progress of Sykia and its local elite, originating from Trikala.However, the beautiful city plan remains as a reminder of that era in the archives of the community.