Grevena

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Grevena
Γρεβενά
Clock tower in Grevena city
Clock tower in Grevena city
Grevena is located in Greece
Grevena
Grevena
Coordinates: 40°05′N 21°25′E / 40.083°N 21.417°E / 40.083; 21.417Coordinates: 40°05′N 21°25′E / 40.083°N 21.417°E / 40.083; 21.417
Country Greece
Administrative region West Macedonia
Regional unit Grevena
Government
 • Mayor Georgios Noutsos
Area
 • Municipality 1,859.9 km2 (718.1 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 461.4 km2 (178.1 sq mi)
Elevation 530 m (1,740 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 25,905
 • Municipality density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 17,610
 • Municipal unit density 38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Community
 • Population 13374
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 511 00
Area code(s) 24620
Vehicle registration ΡΝ
Website www.dimosgrevenon.gr

Grevena (Greek: Γρεβενά, Grevená, [ɣreveˈna], Aromanian: Grebini) is a town and municipality in Western Macedonia, Northern Greece, capital of the Grevena regional unit. The town's current population is 13,374 citizens (2011). It lies about 400 kilometres (249 miles) from Athens and about 180 km (112 miles) from Thessaloniki. The municipality's population is 25,905. Grevena has had access to the Egnatia Odos since the early 2000s, which now connects Igoumenitsa with Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli at the border with Turkey. Mountains surround the municipality, which is situated by the river Greveniotikos, which itself flows into the Aliakmon. Other significant towns in the municipality are Amygdaliés and Méga Seiríni. Grevena Municipal Museum is located in the town.

History[edit]

Ottoman period[edit]

Under Ottoman rule, Grevena (Ottoman name Gerebena) was the seat of the kaza of Grevena, Sanjak of Serfice, Manastir Vilayet.[2]

1995 earthquake[edit]

The earthquake that occurred in the region on 13 May 1995 with an intensity of 6.6 R caused only material damage. The worst hit area was the county of Ventzia. Luckily there were two warning earthquakes, of lesser intensity, that preceded the main earthquake by a few minutes and warned people. These warnings sent the population out of their houses. When the main earthquake came, it destroyed nearly all the houses in several villages of the Ventzia County - the houses collapsed to the ground - but fortunately all the inhabitants were outside.

Another earthquake on Monday 5 January 2005 measured 4.9 R, near Grevena. It took place at 18:00 (UTC), 20:00 local time (EET), and no damage was reported. Another earthquake with a measured intensity of 5.4 R occurred on Thursday 17 July 2007, 19:23 (UTC), 21:23 local time (EET), followed by weak seismic activity. Some older buildings were lightly damaged in villages northeast of Grevena.

Administrative division[edit]

Municipality[edit]

Grevena municipality
Grevena municipal unit

The municipality Grevena was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 13 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[3]

Municipal unit[edit]

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

  • Agioi Theodoroi
  • Amygdalies
  • Elatos
  • Elefthero
  • Felli
  • Kalochi
  • Kyrakali
  • Mega Seirinio
  • Myrsina
  • Rodia
  • Syndendro
  • Vatolakkos

Community[edit]

The community of Grevena consists of three separate settlements:[1]

  • Doxaras (population 208)
  • Grevena (population 13,137)
  • Kalamitsi (population 29)

The aforementioned population figures are as of 2011.[1]

Historical population[edit]

Year Town Municipal unit Municipality
1981 7,739
1991 9,345 14,986
2001 10,177 15,481
2011 13,374 17,610 25,905

Population statistics, 1981-2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ Michael Ursinus, Grievance Administration (Sikayet) in an Ottoman Province, ISBN 0415358876, p. 173
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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