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Choristi is located in Greece
Coordinates: 41°7.8′N 24°12.5′E / 41.1300°N 24.2083°E / 41.1300; 24.2083Coordinates: 41°7.8′N 24°12.5′E / 41.1300°N 24.2083°E / 41.1300; 24.2083
Administrative regionEast Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unitDrama
Municipal unitDrama
Highest elevation
96 m (315 ft)
 • Population2,725 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Choristi (Greek: Χωριστή, before 1927: Τσατάλτζα - Tsataltza,[2] Bulgarian: Чаталджа - Chataldzha) is a town in Drama municipality, Drama regional unit, East Macedonia and Thrace region, Greece. The town is located about 8 km southeast of Drama and has a population of 2,725 (2011 census). The elevation is approximately 98 m.


The town was known as Τσατάλτζα - Tsataltza,[2] until renamed in 1927. During World War I from 1916 to 1918 the town was occupied by Bulgarian troops and the local men were shipped out to concentration camps in Bulgaria. Due to abuse, hunger and disease from the 525 hostages of Choristi less than 50 managed to return to Greece.[3] During World War II, the occupying Axis powers executed a number of people in Choristi as "terrorists" or "resistance fighters" or their sympathizers, this came to be known as the "Choristi Massacre".[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ a b Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Mazower, Mark (2000) After the War was Over Princeton University Press, New Jersey, page 292: "although of the 525 hostages of Choristi, fewer than fifty returned" ISBN 0-691-05842-3
  4. ^ Mazower, Mark (2000) After the War was Over Princeton University Press, New Jersey, page 287, ISBN 0-691-05842-3
  5. ^ Michal, Bernard (1971) Histoire Secrète des Maquis Étrangers (The Secret History of the Resistance - outside France) Ed. de Crémille, Geneva, volume 4, page 20, OCLC 22123318, in French

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