Pelopio

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Pelopio
Πελόπιο
Pelopio is located in Greece
Pelopio
Pelopio
Coordinates: 37°40′N 21°35′E / 37.667°N 21.583°E / 37.667; 21.583Coordinates: 37°40′N 21°35′E / 37.667°N 21.583°E / 37.667; 21.583
Country Greece
Administrative region West Greece
Regional unit Elis
Municipality Archaia Olympia
Municipal unit Archaia Olympia
Population (2001)[1]
 • Rural 1,057
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Pelopio (Greek: Πελόπιο, before 1928: Κριεκούκι - Kriekouki[2]) is a settlement in the municipality of Ancient Olympia, Elis, Greece. Pelopio is 3 km east of Smila, 4 km northwest of Olympia and 5 km southwest of Chelidoni. The Greek National Road 74 (Pyrgos - Tripoli) passes south of the village. Pelopio had a population of 1,057 in 2001.

History[edit]

The village was founded in the 15th century during the Ottoman rule. It was founded by Turkish-Albanians who named it originally "Kriekouki" which means "red head" in their language. In 1928 it was renamed to Pelopio[2] after Pelops, the mythical king of Pisa. Pelopio suffered damage from the 2007 Greek forest fires and from a tornado on 3 November 2009.[3]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1981 924
1991 1,023
2001 1,057

Persons[edit]

  • Vyron Davos, writer, mainly wrote about Elis and its history

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