Pigi, Rethymno

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Pigi
Πηγή
Location
Pigi is located in Greece
Pigi
Pigi
Coordinates 35°21′N 24°34′E / 35.350°N 24.567°E / 35.350; 24.567Coordinates: 35°21′N 24°34′E / 35.350°N 24.567°E / 35.350; 24.567
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Crete
Regional unit: Rethymno
Municipality: Rethymno
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 652
 - Area: 6.003 km2 (2 sq mi)
 - Density: 109 /km2 (281 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Postal code: 74100
Telephone: 28310
Auto: ΡΕ

Pigi is a local community of the Rethymno Municipality in the Rethymno (regional unit) of the region of Crete established by Kallikratis reform. Previously, it was part of the municipal district of Municipality of Arkadi. Capital of the new municipality is Rethymno.

Geography and history[edit]

Pigi is located 9 km east of the city of Rethymno, on the road towards Arkadi, at an altitude of 60 meters, 1 km from Adele village.[2] It is situated in the heart of a fertile and relatively smooth area, which in older times it was called Aryan. It is noteworthy that the English traveller Robert Pashley was the one who first wrote about the origin of the name of the village,170 years ago. The relevant note is the two-volume book of this great traveller, printed in London in 1837. He says among other things: "In Pigi - the name comes from a rich source that supplies the village with excellent water." Pigi is being occupied from the Venetian period onwards.[3]

Population of Pigi[4]
Settlement 1913 1920 1928 1940 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Pigi 471 570 446 449 417 414 360 299 311 336
Agios Dimitrios - 72 98 103 115 79 65 54 75 116
Pigianos Kampos - - - - - - - 165 50 200
Total 471 642 544 552 532 493 425 518 436 652

Attractions: Monuments, Temples[edit]

There are many churches and chapels inside/close to the village: Agia Paravskevi Church, Virgin Mary, Agios Georgios of Koutroulis, Agios Georgios (church cemetery), Agios Ioannis and others. Agios Nikolaos church is decorated with frescoes of the 14th century, St George Church has frescoes bearing the date 1411.[5]

Transportation[edit]

There is bus service (KTEL) from/to Rethymno serving this area (services for Kyrianna and Loutra)[6]

See also[edit]

List of settlements in the Rethymno regional unit

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. ^ "Route: Rethymno - Platanias - Adele - Amnatos - Arkadi - Eleftherna - Ancient Eleftherna - Margarites - Hani Alexandrou - Rethymno". Tourism Promotion Committee of Rethymno Prefecture. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ottoman Settlements". Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Digital Crete. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Hellenic Statistical Authority, Digital Library (ELSAT), Census (Greek and English)
  5. ^ 50,0,0,1,0 "Guide: Streets of Faith (pdf, in greek)". county tourism promotion website. Retrieved 7-4-2012. 
  6. ^ Bus timetables (in german) retrieved at 21 April 2012

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