Miamou

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Miamou
Μιαμού
Location
Miamou is located in Greece
Miamou
Miamou
Coordinates 34°58′N 24°56′E / 34.967°N 24.933°E / 34.967; 24.933Coordinates: 34°58′N 24°56′E / 34.967°N 24.933°E / 34.967; 24.933
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Crete
Regional unit: Heraklion
Municipality: Gortyna
Municipal unit: Gortyna
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Village
 - Population: 96
Community
 - Population: 306
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)

Miamou (Greek: Μιαμού) is a mountain village and a community in Greece (elevation 353 metres) 60 km south of Heraklion, on the south of Crete. It belongs to the municipality of Gortyn. The village had a population of 96 (2011), the community, which includes the villages Lentas, Dyskos, Krotos and Papadogiannis, had 306 inhabitants. The Libyan Sea is 4 km to the south.

History[edit]

Miamou was first inhabited during the end of the Neolithic period. The name Miamou comes from the Greek word mia which means "one" (Greek: μία) and the Greek word omou which means "team" (Greek: Ομού). The name of Miamou possibly derives from folklore tradition. It is said that during the Middle Ages there was an epidemic which forced several villagers to abandon their settlements and go to the village which was not affected by it. That village is now called Miamou. In 1583, it had 204 inhabitants (Kastrofylakas, vol. 12, pg. 103) and was known as Miamú.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (xls 2,7 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece.  (Greek)
  • Heraklio And Its Prefecture (Το Ηράκλειον και ο Νομός του To Iraklion kai o Nomos tou), published by the Heraklio prefecture