Lechovo

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Lechovo
Λέχοβο
Location
Lechovo is located in Greece
Lechovo
Lechovo
Coordinates 40°35′N 21°30′E / 40.583°N 21.500°E / 40.583; 21.500Coordinates: 40°35′N 21°30′E / 40.583°N 21.500°E / 40.583; 21.500
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Macedonia
Regional unit: Florina
Municipality: Amyntaio
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 1,227
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Auto: ΡΑ

Lechovo (Greek: Λέχοβο) is a village and a former community in Florina regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Amyntaio, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Population 1,227 (2001). The picturesque village is set amongst the mountains of Northern Greece and the main road runs through the town's centre. The town features a museum, a football pitch and an indoor handball stadium. The town has stone architecture common to many northern Greek towns. This architecture is highlighted in the old upper square (plateia) and church bell tower.

The Arvanite dialect is often spoken by the village elders.[3] After World War II, many people emigrated to Germany, Australia, Canada and the USA to work in the construction industry. Men from Lechovo played a vital role in the World Wars and they showed great patriotism and heroism against the invaders (the old name of the town was Ηρωικό-Hereoico, means Heroic). Lechovo is famous for its constructors and bricklayers. Their job is unique and the tradition of this art kept alive to nowadays.

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. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Raymond G. Gordon, Jr., Barbara F. Grimes, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, SIL International, 2005, ISBN 1-55671-159-X, 9781556711596. Online version (http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=als)