Grevena

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Grevena
Γρεβενά
Clock tower in Grevena city
Clock tower in Grevena city
Location
Grevena is located in Greece
Grevena
Grevena
Coordinates 40°5′N 21°25′E / 40.083°N 21.417°E / 40.083; 21.417Coordinates: 40°5′N 21°25′E / 40.083°N 21.417°E / 40.083; 21.417
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Macedonia
Regional unit: Grevena
Mayor: Georgios Noutsos
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 25,905
 - Area: 1,859.9 km2 (718 sq mi)
 - Density: 14 /km2 (36 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 17,610
 - Area: 461.4 km2 (178 sq mi)
 - Density: 38 /km2 (99 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 13,374
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 530 m (1,739 ft)
Postal code: 511 00
Telephone: 24620
Auto: ΡΝ
Website
www.dimosgrevenon.gr

Grevena (Greek: Γρεβενά, Grevená, [ɣreveˈna], Aromanian: Grebini) is a town and municipality in 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 Via Egnatia 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, Vilayet of Monastir.[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.

Municipality[edit]

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]

Subdivisions[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

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. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (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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