Velestino

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Velestino
Βελεστίνο
Velestino is located in Greece
Velestino
Velestino
Coordinates: 39°22.9′N 22°44.7′E / 39.3817°N 22.7450°E / 39.3817; 22.7450Coordinates: 39°22.9′N 22°44.7′E / 39.3817°N 22.7450°E / 39.3817; 22.7450
Country Greece
Administrative region Thessaly
Regional unit Magnesia
Municipality Rigas Feraios
Municipal unit Feres
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Community
 • Population 3659
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 37 500
Area code(s) 24250

Velestino (Greek: Βελεστίνο) is a town in the Magnesia regional unit, Thessaly, Greece. It is the seat of the municipality Rigas Feraios. It is situated at 120 metres (390 ft) elevation[1] on a hillside, at the southeastern end of the Thessalian Plain. It is 17 km (11 mi) west of Volos and 40 km southeast of Larissa. Velestino has a train station on the local line from Larissa to Volos.[2] The Motorway 1 (Athens - Larissa - Thessaloniki) passes east of the town. The Greek writer and revolutionary Rigas Feraios was born in Velestino in 1757.[3]

History[edit]

Under the Ottoman Empire, Velestino was called Velestin and was the seat of a kaza within the Sanjak of Tirhala.

With the rest of Thessaly, Velestino was ceded to Greece in 1881 by the Treaty of Berlin.

The Battle of Velestino was fought here during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GTP - Velestino
  2. ^ TrainOSE - 2012 schedules PDF
  3. ^ Keridis, Dimitris (2009). Historical Dictionary of Modern Greece. Scarecrow Press. p. 67. ISBN 9780810859982.