Artemida, Attica

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Artemida
Αρτέμιδα
Aerial view of Artemis 18.02.2009 14-41-13.JPG
Location
Artemida is located in Greece
Artemida
Artemida
Coordinates 37°58′N 24°0′E / 37.967°N 24.000°E / 37.967; 24.000Coordinates: 37°58′N 24°0′E / 37.967°N 24.000°E / 37.967; 24.000
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Attica
Regional unit: East Attica
Municipality: Spata-Artemida
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 21,488
 - Area: 18.653 km2 (7 sq mi)
 - Density: 1,152 /km2 (2,984 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 0–204 m ­(0–669 ft)
Postal code: 190 16
Telephone: 22940
Auto: Z, I

Artemida (Greek: Αρτέμιδα, older name Loutsa, Greek: Λούτσα) is a seaside resort town in East Attica, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Spata-Artemida, of which it is a municipal unit.[2]

History[edit]

The city was named after the ancient goddess Artemis. The Temple of Artemis Brauron was among the most important sacred sites in the ancient times. Vravrona (or Brauron), about 20 km from Athens, was one of the 12 towns of Attica that was united to Athens by Theseus.
The ancient temple of Artemis is of Doric style and flourished in the 5th-4th century B.C. According to a myth, this is the temple where Iphigeneia was brought by her brother Orestes, when they met in the land of Tauris, where she served as a priestess in a local temple of Artemis. Iphigeneia had been transferred to Tauris by goddess Artemis herself, when she saved her from the sacrifice in Aulis. Returning to Greece, Iphigeneia brought with her a wooden statue of Artemis from Tauris.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

Artemida is located on the Aegean Sea coast, in the eastern part of the Attica peninsula. It lies 5 km south of Rafina, 8 km east of Spata, 9 km north of Porto Rafti and 25 km east of Athens city centre. Greek National Road 85 (Rafina - Lavrio) passes through the town.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 4,249
1991 9,485
2001 17,391
2011 21,488

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Greeka". The Temple of Artemis Brauron was among the most important sacred sites in the ancient times. Vravrona (or Brauron), about 20 km from. 
  4. ^ ancient monuments. http://www.greekmonuments.com/archaeological_sites/ancient_temples.html. 

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