Gefyra, Arcadia

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Gefyra
Γέφυρα
Location
Gefyra is located in Greece
Gefyra
Gefyra
Coordinates 37°21.7′N 22°8.6′E / 37.3617°N 22.1433°E / 37.3617; 22.1433Coordinates: 37°21.7′N 22°8.6′E / 37.3617°N 22.1433°E / 37.3617; 22.1433
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Arcadia
Municipality: Megalopoli
Municipal unit: Megalopoli
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Community
 - Population: 49
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)

Gefyra (Greek: Γέφυρα meaning "bridge") is a settlement in the municipality of Megalopoli, Arcadia, Greece. It is situated near the right bank of the river Alfeios, 4 km south of Megalopoli and 5 km north of Leontari. Gefyra had a population of 49 in 2001. The Greek National Road 7 (Corinth - Tripoli - Kalamata) passes south of the village. There are large open-pit lignite mines to the northwest of the village. There are two beautiful churches: St. George in the village square, and St John at the eastern edge of the village.

History[edit]

On August 30th 1944, the village was attacked by Nazi troops that were stationed in the nearby village of Anthochori. 12 male inhabitants of the village were massacred on that dreadful day including the village priest. The heroic 12 are remembered by a marble monument in the village square next to the Church of St. George. Gefyra suffered damage from the 2007 Greek forest fires.

Population[edit]

Year Population
1981 57
1991 73
2001 49

See also[edit]

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.