Karditsa

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Karditsa is also the old name of Akraifnio in Boeotia.
Karditsa
Καρδίτσα
Street in Karditsa
Street in Karditsa
Location
Karditsa is located in Greece
Karditsa
Karditsa
Coordinates 39°22′N 21°55′E / 39.367°N 21.917°E / 39.367; 21.917Coordinates: 39°22′N 21°55′E / 39.367°N 21.917°E / 39.367; 21.917
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Thessaly
Regional unit: Karditsa
Mayor: Kostantinos Papalos
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 56,747
 - Area: 647.6 km2 (250 sq mi)
 - Density: 88 /km2 (227 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 44,002
 - Area: 110.1 km2 (43 sq mi)
 - Density: 400 /km2 (1,035 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 39,119
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 108 m (354 ft)
Postal code: 431 00
Telephone: 24410
Auto: ΚΑ
Website
www.karditsa-city.gr

Karditsa (Greek: Καρδίτσα) is a city in western Thessaly in mainland Greece. The city of Karditsa is the capital of Karditsa regional unit.

Inhabitation is attested from 9000 BC. Karditsa ls linked with GR-30, the road to Karpenisi, and the road to Palamas and Larissa. Karditsa is south-west of Palamas and Larissa, west of Farsala and the Volos area, north-west of Athens, Lamia, Domokos and Sofades, north of Karpenisi, north-east of Arta, and east-south-east of Trikala, Grevena, Ioannina, and Kalampaka.

Karditsa has schools, lyceums, gymnasium, the Veterinary Medicine Department of the University of Thessaly, three technical education departments, church, banks, a post office, a railway station on the Trikala - Karditsa - Domokos line, a sports ground, a water tower, and squares. Karditsa is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Greece with an extensive network of bicycle paths. Approximately 30% of all the city transportation, according to the National Technical University of Athens, is done by bicycles.

History[edit]

View of the cathedral church of Saints Constantine and Helena.
Plastiras' Lake, near the city.

During the period of Ottoman rule in Thessaly, the main settlement in the location of modern Karditsa was called Sotira,[2] but a village named Kardhítza was mentioned by the English traveler Leake in 1810.[3] Karditsa was incorporated as a new city in 1882, the year after its liberation from the Ottoman Empire.

During World War II, the resistance in Thessaly was fought primarily by the ELAS. Karditsa was the first city in Europe to be liberated from Nazi occupation.[citation needed]

Municipality[edit]

The municipality Karditsa was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 5 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[4]

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit of Karditsa is divided into six parts (communities):

Historical population[edit]

Statue of Nikolaos Plastiras (1883-1953) in Karditsa.
Year Municipal unit Municipality
1981 27,532 -
1991 30,067 -
2001 37,768 -
2011 44,002 56,747

Culture[edit]

Sporting Clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Arrowsmith, John. Turkey in Europe. 1832.
  3. ^ Leake, William Martin, FRS (1835). Travels in Northern Greece II. London: J. Rodwell. p. 155 et al. 
  4. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

External links[edit]

Media related to Karditsa at Wikimedia Commons