Argyroupoli

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Argyroupoli
Αργυρούπολη
The church of the Holy Triad
The church of the Holy Triad
Location
Argyroupoli is located in Greece
Argyroupoli
Argyroupoli
Coordinates 37°54′N 23°45′E / 37.900°N 23.750°E / 37.900; 23.750Coordinates: 37°54′N 23°45′E / 37.900°N 23.750°E / 37.900; 23.750
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Attica
Regional unit: South Athens
Municipality: Elliniko-Argyroupoli
Districts: Ano and Kato Argyroupoli
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 34,097
 - Area: 8.228 km2 (3 sq mi)
 - Density: 4,144 /km2 (10,733 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 50 m (164 ft)
Postal code: 164 xx
Telephone: 210
Auto: Z
Website
http://www.elliniko-argyroupoli.gr/

Argyroupoli (Greek: Αργυρούπολη) is a suburb in the southern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the Elliniko-Argyroupoli municipality, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2]

Name[edit]

The city's name derives from the Greek words άργυρος (árgyros meaning silver) and πόλη (poli meaning city). The name's older form was Argyroupolis. The first name of the settlement was New Argyroupolis, given by the refugees from Gümüşhane.

History[edit]

As a part of the population exchange between Greece and Turkey after the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922, a number of refugees fled to Attica from the former Ottoman Empire. In 1926, refugees from Argyroupolis in northeastern Turkey (modern Gümüşhane meaning "silver house") arrived in site, then named Ktima Geroulanou (Greek: Κτήμα Γερουλανου). They named the new settlement Nea Argyroupolis as a remembrance to their old hometown. There was persumambly much resemblance between the two towns as, Argyroupoli is built on a plain with the Hymettus mountain to its north, as Gümüşhane is built on a plain with the Pontic Alps to the north. One of the first tasks of the settlers was to built the church of Αγία Βαρβάρα (St. Barbara), named after the patron saint of the now Turkish city.

During the Second World War, the settlement was used by the Germans to protect their ammunition and airplanes that were stationed in the nearby airfield. On December 6, 1943, the settlement was bombed by the RAF. Although there were reportedly no casualties amongst the population, the settlement was razed to the ground.

The settlement was part of the community of Kalamaki until 1949, when it became a separate community. It was elevated to municipality status in 1972.[3]

Geography[edit]

Argyroupoli is situated on the southwestern foot of the Hymettus mountain, 9 km (6 mi) south of Athens city centre. It borders Ilioupoli municipality to the North, Alimos municipality and Elliniko municipal district to the West and Glyfada municipality to the South. The city is traversed by the Vouliagmenis Avenue, connecting downtown Athens with the southern suburbs. The three major shopping districts are Kyprou Avenue, M. Geroulanou Avenue and part of Vouliagmenis Avenue. Numerous public bus lines run through Argyroupoli connecting the city with Athens center and Glyfada. The nearest subway station is Argyroupoli metro station.

Kosta Varnali Square in Argyroupoli

Argyroupoli has a mild climate, affected by the sea and the mountain. It rarely snows, but rain is common. During summer, high temperatures are recorded.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1971 13,956
1981 26,108
1991 31,530
2001 33,158
2011 34,097

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Argyroupoli is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ EETAA local government changes

External links[edit]