Paliki

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Paliki
Παλική
Location
Paliki is located in Greece
Paliki
Paliki
Coordinates 38°18′N 20°25′E / 38.300°N 20.417°E / 38.300; 20.417Coordinates: 38°18′N 20°25′E / 38.300°N 20.417°E / 38.300; 20.417
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Ionian Islands
Regional unit: Kefalonia
Municipality: Kefalonia
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 7,098
 - Area: 119.341 km2 (46 sq mi)
 - Density: 59 /km2 (154 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 5 m (16 ft)
Postal code: 280 81
Telephone: 26710
Auto: ΚΕ
Website
www.paliki.gr
Cephalonia and Ithaca, elevation map
The peninsula from southeast

Paliki (Greek: Παλική) is a peninsula and a former municipality on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kefalonia, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The name comes from the ancient town of Pale/Pali, which was north of Lixouri and is now an archaeological site. The peninsula is the westernmost part of Kefalonia. The seat of the municipality was the town Lixouri (3.752).

Subdivisions[edit]

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

Province[edit]

Pali Province (Greek: Επαρχία Πάλης) was one of the provinces of Cephalonia Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipal unit Paliki.[3] It was abolished in 2006.

Geography[edit]

Paliki is a peninsula in the Ionian Sea, attached to mainland Cephalonia in the northeast. On the east side, the Gulf of Argostoli separates Paliki from Cephalonia. Mountains up to 500 m cover the western and northern part of the peninsula.

History[edit]

The oldest document which contains the name "Lixouri" was sent in 1534 by local authorities to the Senate of Venice. Many houses were destroyed in the earthquakes of January 23, 1867 and August 1953.

Sights[edit]

  • Iakovatios Library, the communal library with a small museum. Typical classic Ionian building from 19th century.
  • Former primary school near the harbour. Avant-garde 20th-century building from 1933, representing the modernist architecture movement in Greece
  • Pantokrator Church
  • A few ruins of ancient Pali in the north
  • Mania beach with beautiful untouched landscape
  • Mantzavinata - Agios Spyridon Church and classical house of the Vittoratos Family
  • Classical house of the Danelatos Family in Damoulianata
  • Agia Paraskevi Church in Atheras
  • Kipouria monastery
  • Vatsa Bay
  • Xi Beach

Homer's Ithaca[edit]

Main articles: Homer's Ithaca and Odysseus Unbound

According to Robert Bittlestone's 2005 book Odysseus Unbound, Paliki was Homer's Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, the central figure in the Odyssey of Homer.

Persons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (xls 2,7 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece.  (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Detailed census results 1991 PDF (39 MB) (Greek) (French)

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