Vourvourou

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Vourvourou
Βουρβουρού
Vourvourou is located in Greece
Vourvourou
Vourvourou
Coordinates: 40°11.03′N 23°47.17′E / 40.18383°N 23.78617°E / 40.18383; 23.78617Coordinates: 40°11.03′N 23°47.17′E / 40.18383°N 23.78617°E / 40.18383; 23.78617
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Macedonia
Regional unit Chalkidiki
Municipality Sithonia
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 63078
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Vourvourou (Greek: Βουρβουρού) is village near Agios Nikolaos, in the Chalkidiki peninsula of northern Greece. It is best known as a holiday destination.

History[edit]

In the 10th century, the area was known as the "land of the Vourvourioi", and was granted to the Xenophontos monastery of Mount Athos. In the 1615, the people of Agios Nikolaos acquired the land, but at the end of the 19th century the monks of Simonopetra monastery sold it to Russian monks, with the result that the latter were forcibly driven away by the local inhabitants.

During the 1960s the teaching staff of the University of Thessaloniki developed a holiday resort in Vourvourou, well known for its environment-friendly design and respect for the natural surroundings. In 1974 excavation at the chapel of Panagia in Vourvourou, uncovered ruins of what is probably the remains of the monastery of Ieromnimon.

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