Zagora, Greece

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Zagora
Ζαγορά
Location
Zagora is located in Greece
Zagora
Zagora
Coordinates 39°27′N 23°6′E / 39.450°N 23.100°E / 39.450; 23.100Coordinates: 39°27′N 23°6′E / 39.450°N 23.100°E / 39.450; 23.100
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Thessaly
Regional unit: Magnesia
Municipality: Zagora-Mouresi
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 3,829
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 458 m (1,503 ft)
Postal code: 370 01
Telephone: 24260
Auto: ΒΟ

Zagora (Greek: Ζαγορά) is a village and a former municipality in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zagora-Mouresi, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] The biggest village of Mt. Pelion, it was at its commercial and cultural peak in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE.

Location[edit]

Zagora is located north of Volos and west of Chorefto and is connected to the former by GR-34.

History[edit]

The first mention of Zagora is in the Aesopian Myths. The legend was that a powerful and loud female creature, Zagorina, guarded mount Pelion and lived in a cave very near the current position of Zagora. The beast ate humans and drank local tsipouro. There are texts dating back to the Byzantine era that mention Pelion by the name Zagora. During the Byzantine Empire, Zagora, through its harbor, Chorefto, developed significant trading activity and was ruled as a merchant republic, with direct ties to Venice. Zagorian sailors, merchants, missionaries and explorers have travelled as far as China and South America.

Sights of interest[edit]

The library of Zagora, which includes thousands of rare books, is known for holding the original manuscript of "A few seconds" by Fanis Loverdos. Famous scholars, like Dr Dragogiannis, have studied the rare volumes of the library to great extent. The school of Rigas Feraios or Hellenic Museum as it is known, is the oldest school on Pelion. The Patriarch of Constantinople Kallinikos Lapatis and the herald of the Greek Revolution Rigas Feraios were students there.

Education and commercial activity[edit]

Zagora has a primary and a secondary school, five churches, six coffee houses,two bakeries, two banks, a post office, and seven squares.

Historical population[edit]

Year Town population Municipality population
1981 2,841 -
1991 2,410 3,922
2001 2,389 3,829

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)