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19 October

Zografou

Zografou

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The area of Zografos, with an area of 8.517 acres and with a population of 71.026 inhabitants (2011 census), is one of the eastern districts of Athens. It is located 4 km east of the Athens city center, at an altitude of 140 meters, on the north west slopes of Ymittos. It is today part of the general city planning complex of Athens and is geographically part of the Athens Central Sector of the capital.

Due to its proximity to the center, it shows similar construction characteristics. Nevertheless, it is an area rich in green, concentrated mainly at the foot of Ymittos. The municipality gained great value due to the construction of the campus and the University campus, resulting in a very high-priced rental for the apartments in the area.

The area was arable with rich vegetation, crops, forests and thickets. In the mid-20th century, with the construction of Athens, the area developed. The forests of the area, mainly pine trees, were located on the south, southeast and east side of the settlement.

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19 October

Zefyri

Zefyri

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Zefyri is an area of Athens, in the northwestern part of the Attica Region. Since January 1, 2011 it has been incorporated into the Municipality of Fyli.

Transportation is served by bus line 735 (Acharnais-Zefyri-Kato Patision Station). Exit 6 of the Attica Road following the “Zefyri” tunnel to Elefsina also serves those who use an automobile, at this exit there is also a suburban train stop.

As far as the name of the city is concerned, there are two different stories. One story says that the Zefyri was named after a well called Zofria, that was used to water animals. The second story says that it was named after Zephyros wind, which was intense in the area. Until 1967, Zefyri belonged to the municipality of Acharnes, then it was separated from Menidi and became a community.

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19 October

Ymitos

Ymitos

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Ymittos is a mountain in Attica. It is located on the east side of the Athens Basin. It rises between the Athenian basin and the Mediterranean with a north-to-south direction from St. John the Hunter’s passage, ending over Voula and Vari. It is widely covered with green, with its highest peak reaching 1026 m. Geologically, Ymitos belongs to the Atticocycladic zone. Its rocks contain limestone, slate and large masses of marble and marble shale.

The mountain is directly linked to the history of ancient Athens. According to findings and historical sources, shrines were founded in antiquity. On the west side of the mountain there were marble quarries, which were used to build monuments in the Hellenistic and Roman times.

Despite all the encroachments, the uneven construction of his roots and the devastating effects of the fires, Ymittos has still prich vegetation. It is distinguished for the wide variety of flora and fauna that make it an important habitat of Attica.

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19 October

Xylokastro

Xylokastro

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Xylokastro is a seaside town of the Corinthian regional unit. It is the seat of the municipality of Xylokastro – Eurostini. According to the 2011 census it has 5.500 permanent residents and every summer it hosts thousands of visitors and is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Peloponnese.

Main landmarks are the pine forest of Pefkia and the beaches of the area. It is 120 km far from Athens and 100 km far from Patras.

Xylokastro (meaning wooden castle) got its name from a wooden barracks in the area where an observatory was operating during the Venetian occupation.

The forest Pefkia is a natural pine forest between Xylokastro and Sykia. It extends along the coast of the Corinthian Gulf and has been characterized as an aesthetic forest. The salty soil helped 83 species of plants to been developed, among which are the alpine pine, the rope, the myrtle, the wicker, the cedar, the palm tree, the almond, the bear, the cane, the cannibal, the thyme and the hafana.

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19 October

Xanthi

Xanthi

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Xanthi is a city of Thrace in northern Greece. It is the capital of the homonymous Regional Unity and the seat of the homonymous municipality. It is administratively part of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Its population is 56.122 permanent residents, according to the 2011 Census. It is built on the outskirts of Ahladovouno and the Kosynthos river flows through it.

Xanthi was occupied by the Ottomans in 1375. At the end of the 14th century the colonization of the area with Muslims and the Islamization of the mountainous areas of the prefecture began.

During the Greek Revolution of 1821 Thrace did not remain uninvolved. The Xanthians participated in the struggle for independence with Captain George Dimitriou as their main captain. The revolution here, was quickly overthrown, as Thrace was near the center of Ottoman power.

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In the early 1970s the presence of the Democritus University of Thrace and the 4th Corps of the Army recovered the area. Since 2000, there has been an intense urban activity as a result of the need to house thousands of students in the city’s university schools.

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19 October

Tripoli

Tripoli

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Tripoli (formerly known as Tripolitsa and Trombolitsa) is a city in central Peloponnese, the largest city and capital of the Prefecture of Arcadia and the former province of Mantinia. Located in an altitude of 660 meters. It is also the seat of the Peloponnese Region. The population of the homonymous municipality is 47.457 inhabitants according to the 2011 Census.

You can reach Tripoli by car via the Morea motorway. The Bus Station of Arcadia connects Tripoli with other cities in Greece. Tripoli has no airport and is served by Kalamata Airport. Tripoli Municipal Sports Center is the largest center of the Prefecture. It has an open track, indoor volleyball and basketball facilities, three tennis courts, a sports ground, a football pitch and a swimming pool. Tripoli is also the seat of the University of the Peloponnese.

Sights that you may want to visit are: Metropolitan Church of St. Basil of Tripoli, Archaeological Museum of Tripoli, Tripoli’s War Museum and many more.

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19 October

Trikala

Trikala

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Trikala is a city in western Thessaly, the capital of the Trikala Regional Unit and the Municipality of Trikala. The city is crossed by the river Lithaios, which is a tributary of Pinios. According to the National Statistical Service in the 2011 Census Trikala had a population of 61.653 inhabitants, while the municipality of Trikala had 81.355 inhabitants. The city of Trikala has a population density of 15 inhabitants per square km. It is very close to Meteora Kalambakas and to the southern Pindos mountain range where famous destinations are located (Elati and Pertouli).

There are a lot of Sights that someone may visit in Trikala such as: The Asklepieion of ancient Trikis, The Byzantine Castle of the city, The Mosque of Osman Sah, Municipal Folklore Museum, Municipal History Museum of Sport and many others.

There is a Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra, a Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Friends of the Trikala Music Association, many Conservatories and many dance clubs. At the Trikala Municipal Cultural Center “Athanasios Trigonis” and at the Matsopoulos Mill Art Gallery there are also departments of theater, puppet theater, choir, painting, all under the responsibility of the Municipality.

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19 October

Tolo

Tolo

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Tolo (formerly known as “Toulon”, “Minoa”) is a village in the prefecture of Argolida, built along a large beach on the shores of the Argolic Gulf. It was administratively owned by the Municipality of Asini until the end of 2010 when the Municipality was abolished and incorporated into the Municipality of Nafplio. Its population, according to the 2011 Census, is 1.460 inhabitants.

Tolo is known for its significant tourist development, by taking advantage of its long beach and proximity to Nafplio, which is only 8 km away.

In 1686, during the Sixth Venetian-Turkish War, the troops of the Venetian General Morosini landed on the deserted Tolo beach, from where they then headed north to occupy Nafplio and Argos. The settlement of Tolo was created several years later, after the liberation of Greece. With Kapodistrias’ resolution, refugees from Crete settled in the area who had been persecuted for many years had no permanent place of residence in the Peloponnese and elsewhere and lived as refugees.

The settlement was originally named Minoa by the name of the mythical king of Crete. This name was not retained and eventually they kept the region’s oldest name.

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19 October

Thrakomakedones

Thrakomakedones

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Thrakomakedones is an elegant area north of Attica. Since 2010 it has been a municipality unit of the Municipality of Acharnes in the Northeast Sector of the Attica, with 6.200 inhabitants according to the 2011 census, an area of 3.55 square meters and the density of 1.746 inhabitants per square km.

It is developed as a suburb, an area of high standard exclusive residence and a model settlement, extending from the city to the foothills of Parnitha by which it is surrounded, and has two main entrances to the city. The city can be access from Acharnes and Kifissia. It borders with Varybobi on the east and on the southern border was built the Olympic Village that hosted the athletes of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Thrakomakedones are served by four OASA lines. Thrakomakedones also has the Parnitha Cable Car which leads to the Regency Casino Mont Parnes Hotel and Casino.

In Thrakomakedones sports complexes are maintained. On the southeast side is the Thracian Macedonian Renaissance football team’s stadium, the indoor basketball and volleyball court and the Thracian Macedonian Olympics, while on the west side there is a scouting complex.

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19 October

Theva

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Theva (also Thebes in ancient Greek) is a city of Viotia, one of the oldest in Greece, the seat of the Municipality of Thebes. According to the 2011 census, it has 22.833 inhabitants. According to the legend it was built by Kadmos and has great historical and mythological significance. Among the most important Thebans were Epaminondas, a general of antiquity who made Thebes the main ruler of Greece, and Pelopidas, the leader of the famous Holy Company.

The Acropolis of Theva was called “Kadmia”, thus referring to its founder. The plural of the name Theva is due to its famous Fourteen Gates, closely linked to the legend of Niovi. Theva was also called in ancient times Karnakas the one of Egypt. This name is said to be a derogation of the Egyptian word for “city”.

Today Theva is an important city of Viotia and the seat of a municipality, and by 2011 it was the capital of the homonymous province of the prefecture.

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