Geronthres

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Geronthres
Γερόνθρες
Location
Geronthres is located in Greece
Geronthres
Geronthres
Coordinates 36°59′N 22°42′E / 36.983°N 22.700°E / 36.983; 22.700Coordinates: 36°59′N 22°42′E / 36.983°N 22.700°E / 36.983; 22.700
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Laconia
Municipality: Evrotas
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 1,959
 - Area: 236.8 km2 (91 sq mi)
 - Density: 8 /km2 (21 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 15 m (49 ft)
Postal code: 230 58
Telephone: 27310
Auto: ΑΚ

Geronthres (Greek: Γερόνθρες, ancient Geronthrae) is a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Evrotas, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The seat of administration was the village Geraki. The municipal population is approx. 2,000.

Dutch excavations (University of Amsterdam) point to first settlement of the acropolis hill in the (Final) Neolithic period. In the Early Helladic period the site must have contained an administrative centre of some kind, judged by the sealing fragments that can be compared by those found in Lerna. Habitation continued towards the end of the Middle Helladic period, but no Mycenaean finds have been found yet. First signs of renewed habitation date from the Iron Age. The site is left again in the Roman period.

Close to Geraki is the medieval fortress after which the village is named, and which formed the seat of the Barony of Geraki in the Frankish Principality of Achaea. In the village itself are several Byzantine-era churches.

Historical population[edit]

Year Geraki Geronthres
1981 1,644 -
1991 1,381 2,034
2001 1,341 1,959

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)