Elassona

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Elassona
Ελασσόνα
Elassona, Greece.jpg
Location
Elassona is located in Greece
Elassona
Elassona
Coordinates 39°53′N 22°11′E / 39.883°N 22.183°E / 39.883; 22.183Coordinates: 39°53′N 22°11′E / 39.883°N 22.183°E / 39.883; 22.183
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Thessaly
Regional unit: Larissa
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 32,121
 - Area: 1,568.1 km2 (605 sq mi)
 - Density: 20 /km2 (53 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 11,044
 - Area: 291.1 km2 (112 sq mi)
 - Density: 38 /km2 (98 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 7,750
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 300–311 m ­(984–1020 ft)
Postal code: 402 00
Telephone: 2410
Auto: ΡΙ
Website
www.elassona.com.gr
View of Olympus from Elassona.

Elassona (Greek: Ελασσόνα; older form: Elasson Ἐλασσών) is a town and a municipality in the Larissa regional unit in Greece. During antiquity Elassona was called Oloosson - Ὀλοοσσών and was a town of the ancient "Perrhaebi", known today as Thessaly. It is situated at the foot of Mount Olympus. Elassona is bypassed by the GR-3 (Larissa - Kozani - Florina).

History[edit]

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Elassona was part of the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. Elassona joined Greece in 1912 during the Balkan Wars, when it was liberated from the Ottomans.

Municipality[edit]

The municipality Elassona was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 9 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit of Elassona is divided into the following communities:

Municipal changes[edit]

Until March 15, 2006, Tsaritsani was part of the municipality (now municipal unit) of Elassona and functioned as a municipal district. Under the law 3448/15-3-2006, Tsaritsani got separated from the municipality and declared a commune. The loss of its population and land leaves the remaining municipality with an adjusted 2001 census population of 12,056 and a land area of 291.097 km².

Province[edit]

The province of Elassona (Greek: Επαρχία Ελασσόνας) was one of the provinces of the Larissa Prefecture. It had the same territory as the present municipality.[3] It was abolished in 2006.

Population[edit]

(Statistics, 1981-2011)

Year Town Community Municipal unit Municipality
1981 7,146 - - -
1991 7,225 - 15,637 -
2001 7,233 7,762 14,563 -
2011 7,338 7,750 11,044 32,121

Geography[edit]

Its geography includes farmlands in the valley areas, the mountains to the west and east and forests in the west and east as well as grasslands, ledges are to be founded in some areas and barren area in the higher elevations.

The river Elassonitis (or Elassonitikos) and the Titarisio flow through Elassona and they both pour into the Pineios River, Thessaly's longest river. The river divides the town into two parts, the older city which is built on the Olympiotissa hill and is also Varosi or Varossi (Βαρόσι), and into the new sity which is in the right side of the bank of the river. These two parts of the city are connected by four bridges. The other part is near the Kefalovrysi Lake.

Transportation[edit]

Elassona is linked with the old GR-3 and is bypassed to the east. Elassona is located 70 km southwest of Katerini, 38 km NNW of Larissa (old: about 50 km), 22 km NW of Tyrnavos (old: 30 km), east of Deskati and Grevena and 78 km ESE of Kozani.

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Detailed census results 1991 PDF (39 MB) (Greek) (French)

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