Agia Paraskevi

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Agia Paraskevi
Αγία Παρασκευή
2010 Dimos Agias Paraskevis.svg
Agia Paraskevi is located in Greece
Agia Paraskevi
Agia Paraskevi
Coordinates: 38°0.7′N 23°49.2′E / 38.0117°N 23.8200°E / 38.0117; 23.8200Coordinates: 38°0.7′N 23°49.2′E / 38.0117°N 23.8200°E / 38.0117; 23.8200
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit North Athens
Government
 • Mayor Vasilis Zorbas (ND)
Area
 • Municipality 7.935 km2 (3.064 sq mi)
Elevation 206 m (676 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 59,704
 • Municipality density 7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 153 xx, 154 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration I
Website www.agiaparaskevi.gr

Agia Paraskevi (Greek: Αγία Παρασκευή) is a suburban town and a municipality in the northeastern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. It is part of the North Athens regional unit. Agia Paraskevi was named after the main church of the town, which is dedicated to Saint Paraskevi of Rome.

Geography[edit]

Agia Paraskevi is situated near the northern edge of the forested Hymettus mountain range, 9 km (6 mi) northeast of Athens city centre. The built-up area of Agia Paraskevi is continuous with those of the neighbouring Cholargos, Chalandri and Gerakas. Besides the central area around the Agia Paraskevi Square, Agia Paraskevi consists of 7 districts: Kontopefko, Nea Zoi, Tsakos, Stavros, Aigiannis, Pefkakia and Paradeisos. The nuclear research center Demokritos, which hosts the sole nuclear reactor in Greece, is situated in Agia Paraskevi. It is also home of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture.

The main thoroughfare is Mesogeion Avenue, which connects Agia Paraskevi with central Athens. The eastern beltway Motorway 64 passes through the southeastern part of the municipality. The municipality is served by several metro stations and a suburban railway station, located in adjacent municipalities.

History[edit]

Agia Paraskevi was part of the community of Chalandri until 1931, when it became a separate community. It became a municipality in 1963.[2] Formerly a farmers' village, it experienced much suburban development since the 1950s.

In 1993, there was considerable opposition from inhabitants of the suburb to the construction of the Hymettus ring road (Motorway 64). The ring road was to form a major highway on the mountainside linked directly to the Motorway 6, and the construction of both motorways were to commence immediately. The realization that this plan would demand the felling of a considerable number of trees, as well as spurring an increase in noise pollution, predictably aroused the opposition of the local population, who requested a different solution: a covered road. However, the government would not reverse the decision and, in fact, sent bulldozers to the mountainside. This led to a riot in April, 1993. Thousands of people travelled up the mountainside and faced the bulldozers, forcing the drivers to leave. At length police arrived and managed to force the demonstrators off the site; eventually the construction of the two highways began, and was completed in 2001. The road was covered only at a small section, that running over the Deree College.

Agiou Ioannou street.
Block of apartments at the Kontopefko area.

Sports[edit]

The football team of the city is Agia Paraskevi F.C., known as "Santa", attracting devoted fans. During the Olympic games in 2004, a part of the historical Marathon passed through Agia Paraskevi over Mesogeion avenue. Agia Paraskevi hosts also two basketball clubs with earlier presence in the higher national divisions, Basketball Agia Paraskevi and GS Agia Paraskevi.

Sport clubs based in Agia Paraskevi
Club Founded Sports Achievements
Agia Paraskevi F.C. 1931 Football Presence in Gamma Ethniki
GS Agia Paraskevi 1976 Basketball Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki women
Basketball Agia Paraskevi 1986 Basketball Earlier presence in A2 Ethniki men
Olympiada Agias Paraskevis 1996 futsal Panhellenic title in futsal

Education[edit]

The Lycée Franco-Hellénique Eugène Delacroix (LFH), a French international school, is in the town.[3]

Twin towns[edit]

Agia Paraskevi is twinned with:

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 32,904
1991 47,463
2001 56,836
2011 59,704

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ EETAA local government changes
  3. ^ "Contacter le lycée." Lycée Franco-Hellénique Eugène Delacroix. Retrieved on 17 January 2015. " rues Chlois & Trikalon B.P. 60050 15301 Aghia Paraskevi-Athènes" - Address in Greek: "Χλόης & Τρικάλων B.P. 60050 15301 Aγία Παρασκευή-Αθήνα"
  4. ^ Stalna konferencija gradova i opština. Retrieved on 2007-06-18.

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