Lampeia

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Lampeia
Λάμπεια
Location
Lampeia is located in Greece
Lampeia
Lampeia
Coordinates 37°51′N 21°48′E / 37.850°N 21.800°E / 37.850; 21.800Coordinates: 37°51′N 21°48′E / 37.850°N 21.800°E / 37.850; 21.800
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Greece
Regional unit: Elis
Municipality: Archaia Olympia
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Village
 - Population: 661
Municipal unit
 - Population: 1,374
 - Area: 72.4 km2 (28 sq mi)
 - Density: 19 /km2 (49 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 764
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 803 m (2,635 ft)
Postal code: 270 63
Telephone: 26240
Auto: ΗΑ

Lampeia (Greek: Λάμπεια, before 1928: Δίβρη - Divri,[2] between 1928 and 1929: Πρινόφυτον - Prinofyton[3]) is a mountain village, a community and a former municipality in Elis, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Archaia Olympia, of which it is a municipal unit.[4] In 2001 the population of the village was 661, and of the community, which includes the village Amygdali, 764.

Lampeia is situated south of Mount Erymanthos, in the valley of a tributary of the river Erymanthos. Its elevation is about 800 m above sea level.[5] The Greek National Road 33 (Patras - Tripoli) passes through it. Lampeia is 4 km west of Oreini, 9 km northeast of Koumanis, 28 km northeast of Olympia and 45 km south of Patras.

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit Lampeia is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

  • Astras (Astras, Kalyvia Astra)
  • Lampeia (Lampeia, Amygdali)
  • Oreini (Oreini, Paliofytia)

Population[edit]

Year Village Community Municipality
1981 - 757 -
1991 576 - 1,243
2001 661 764 1,374

History[edit]

The name Lampeia was taken from the mountain Lampeia, which is part of the Erymanthos range. According to Pausanias the river Erymanthos has its source on the mountain Lampeia, which is sacred to Pan. The area was part of Arcadia.[6] Due to its inaccessibility, Lampeia saw few invaders. Also the Ottomans stayed in the lower areas for strategic reasons. The Zoodochos Pigi monastery in Lampeia was a centre of Greek culture and education. Several inhabitants fought in the Greek War of Independence, and some well known families of politicians (Petralias, Panagoulis, Stefanopoulos, Zafeiropoulos) came from Divri/Lampeia.

Lampeia was created as one of the eight municipalities of the Elis prefecture in the 1830s, and was disbanded in 1913. This municipality was larger than the present municipal unit, and included several villages now in adjacent municipal units (among others Koumanis, Antroni and Klindia). The municipality was recreated under the Capodistrian Plan in the late-1990s, and became a subdivision of the municipality of Archaia Olympia in 2011.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

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. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  4. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  5. ^ GTP travel page
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.24.4
  7. ^ Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος (Geographical Dictionary of Greece), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001

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