Afidnes

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Afidnes
Αφίδνες
Afidnes is located in Greece
Afidnes
Afidnes
Coordinates: 38°12′N 23°50′E / 38.200°N 23.833°E / 38.200; 23.833Coordinates: 38°12′N 23°50′E / 38.200°N 23.833°E / 38.200; 23.833
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit East Attica
Municipality Oropos
 • Municipal unit 34.638 km2 (13.374 sq mi)
Elevation 361 m (1,184 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 3,642
 • Municipal unit density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 190 14
Area code(s) 22920
Vehicle registration Z

Afidnes (Greek: Αφίδνες, Ancient Greek: Ἄφιδνα or Ἀφίδναι, from the Middle Ages until 1919: Κιούρκα - Kiourka[2]) is a small town in East Attica, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Oropos, of which it is a municipal unit.[3] It is situated in the eastern foothills of the Parnitha mountains, 3 km southwest of Polydendri, 5 km southeast of Malakasa and 27 km north of Athens city centre. Afidnes has a station on the railway from Athens to Thessaloniki. The Motorway 1 (Athens - Lamia - Thessaloniki) passes east of the town.

Ancient Aphidna was one of the twelve ancient towns of Attica. In Greek mythology, Aphidna was the place where Theseus left Helen after he had abducted her.[4] The archaeological site of Aphidnae is small. It was excavated in the 19th century. 13 Middle Helladic tumuli have been found.

Settlements[edit]

The community Afidnes consists of the following settlements:

  • Afidnes (2011 census pop. 1,908)
  • Agía Triada (959)
  • Drosopigi (156)
  • Kokkinovrachos (195)
  • Kosmothea (131)
  • Stathmos Afidnon (293)

Historical population[edit]

Beletsi Lake
Year Village population Community population
1981 - 1,301
1991 1,079 1,504
2001 1,736 2,543
2011 1,908 3,642

Places of interest[edit]

Monastery of Holy Angels in Afidnes

Persons[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  4. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Aphidna". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography 1. London: John Murray. p. 157. 
  5. ^ "Beletsi, the beautiful accidental lake of Mt. Parnitha". protothema.gr. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Herodotus Book 6: Erato, 109 "the polemarch was Callimachos of the deme of Aphidnai"

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