Avas, Greece

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Avas is located in Greece
Coordinates: 40°56′N 25°55′E / 40.933°N 25.917°E / 40.933; 25.917Coordinates: 40°56′N 25°55′E / 40.933°N 25.917°E / 40.933; 25.917
Country Greece
Administrative region East Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unit Evros
Municipality Alexandroupoli
Municipal unit Alexandroupoli
Population (2011)[1]
 • Rural 527
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration EB

Avas or Avantas (Greek, modern: Άβαντας, katharevousa: Άβας, Bulgarian: Дервент, Turkish: Dervent) is a village in the southern part of the Evros regional unit, Greece. Avantas is located 10 km north of Alexandroupoli. It is on the Greek National Road 53 (Alexandroupoli - Mikro Dereio - Ormenio), between Alexandroupoli to the south and Aisymi to the north. In 2011 its population was 527.


Year Population
1912 about 400
1981 555
1991 516
2001 497
2011 527


The village was founded by the Ottoman Turks. Its inhabitants were 3/4 Bulgarian and 1/4 Turkish before the Balkan Wars and the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922). According to professor Lyubomir Miletich, the 1912 population contained 320 Bulgarian families.[2] Refugees from east of the Evros river and from Asia Minor arrived into the village. Its name was changed from the Turkish Dervent to the current Avas.


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  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Любомиръ Милетич. Разорението на тракийскитe българи през 1913 година, Българска Академия на Науките, София, Държавна Печатница, 1918, стр. 295.

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