Kranidi

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Kranidi
Κρανίδι
Kranidi.jpg
Location
Kranidi is located in Greece
Kranidi
Kranidi
Coordinates 37°23′N 23°10′E / 37.383°N 23.167°E / 37.383; 23.167Coordinates: 37°23′N 23°10′E / 37.383°N 23.167°E / 37.383; 23.167
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Argolis
Municipality: Ermionida
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 9,452
Community
 - Population: 4,441
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 92 m (302 ft)
Postal code: 213 00
Telephone: 27540
Auto: AP

Kranidi (Greek: Κρανίδι, Katharevousa: Κρανίδιον) is a town and a former municipality in Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Ermionida, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] Some say the name is derived from the word Koronida, while others claim it is from the word Kranaos, which means "rocky trough". It is situated in the eastern part of Argolis, on the easternmost "finger" of the Peloponnese peninsula. It is 8 km west of Ermioni, 28 km south of Epidaurus and 38 km southeast of Nafplio.

Kranidi is known for being the location of second homes of several prominent celebrities, including the Dutch royal couple king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima, Russian president Vladimir Putin and actor Sean Connery.[3]

Geography[edit]

Doroufi beach.

The area around Kranidi consists of low hills, covered with olive groves and small forests. The town itself is about 4 km from the coast. Several villages of the municipal unit Kranidi are on the Aegean Sea coast, including Koilada, Portocheli and the small beach settlement Doroufi.

History[edit]

Inside the church of Agios Prodromos.

Kranidi was one of the centers of the Greek uprising of 1777. After the failure of the rebellion however, many locals abandoned the area in order to avoid persecution by the Muslim Ottomans. Many of them sought refuge away from the Peloponnese, in Europe and Russia. Many also migrated to Cyprus.

Historical population[edit]

Year Community Municipal unit
1981 3,949 -
1991 3,959 8,973
2001 - 10,347
2011 4,441 9,452

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Dutch crown prince buys Greek villa". Radio Netherlands Worldwide. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.