Nea Peramos

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Nea Peramos
Νέα Πέραμος
Location
Nea Peramos is located in Greece
Nea Peramos
Nea Peramos
Coordinates 38°0′N 23°25′E / 38.000°N 23.417°E / 38.000; 23.417Coordinates: 38°0′N 23°25′E / 38.000°N 23.417°E / 38.000; 23.417
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Attica
Regional unit: West Attica
Municipality: Megara
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 8,333
 - Area: 7.900 km2 (3 sq mi)
 - Density: 1,055 /km2 (2,732 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 2 m (7 ft)
Postal code: 190 06
Telephone: 22960
Auto: Z
Website
www.nea-peramos.gr

Nea Peramos (Greek: Νέα Πέραμος), before the 1990s Megalo Pefko (Greek: Μεγάλο Πεύκο), is a suburb and a former municipality in West Attica, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Megara, of which it is a municipal unit.[2]

Geography[edit]

Nea Peramos is situated in the eastern part of the Megaris plain, on the Saronic Gulf coast, opposite the island of Salamis. Nea Peramos is 7 km east of Megara, 11 km west of Eleusis and 27 km west of Athens. Motorway 8 (Athens - Corinth) passes north of the town. The Nea Peramos railway station is served by Proastiakos commuter trains to Athens and Kiato. From its fishing harbour, a ferryboat line connects it to the island of Salamis, close to the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni.[3]

Landmark buildings include the two tall (12-storied and 10-storied) blocks of flats, the Church of St. George, the N. Petkas Traditional Olive Press[4] (currently (Oct. '11)under reconstruction), which has been donated to the Association of Peramians Kyzikians and the former Town Hall, all of them on 28 October st. (the old Greek National Road 8) which traverses the town parallel to the coast.

Nea Peramos has a few schools (a lyceum - high school,[5] a gymnasium - junior high school[6] and four primary schools[7]) and two KAPI (day care centres for elderly people). Three military camps are located in town, among them the Artillery School[8] and the Army Special Forces base.

Culture[edit]

There is a municipal library whose mostly-Greek-language collection is as yet (Oct '11) uncatalogued. The cultural life of the town is enriched by the Fair of St. George in April,[9] the Klidonas festival[10] on St. John's Day (after the summer solstice) and the Sardine Night in late August. Several cultural associations operate, such as the Association of Peramians Kyzikians,[11] the Nea Peramos Women's Association and the Cultural Association "Aghios Panteleimon".

There are two amateur sports teams: The Athletic Sports Association of Nea Peramos (est. 1939)[12] and Attalos Neas Peramou (est. 2001).[13]

There are 15 teams in town (about 900 in the whole of Attica) of skilled flying (high flying, diving, spiralling etc.) pigeons, most of them belonging to the Aspropyrgos Association of Pigeon-Owners.[14]

History[edit]

In 1922, after the debacle of the Greek Army, the Greek residents of Peramos (modern Karşıyaka near Bandırma, Turkey)[15] in Asia Minor were expelled from their town before the advancing Turkish Army and the rebels. They ended up in Kavala and in the area of Megara. This location near Megara was given over by the Government of Eleftherios Venizelos so that they could start their new life. Their first school was a wooden shack which also functioned on Sundays as a church until the current Church of Saint George was built to accommodate his Icon which the refugees brought with them from their ancestral land.[16]

Year Population
1981 4,129
1991 6,869
2001 7,480
2011 8,333

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