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"Distomo" may also refer to a work by Federico García Lorca

Official seal of Distomo
Distomo is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
DE Distomou.svg
Coordinates: 38°26′N 22°40′E / 38.433°N 22.667°E / 38.433; 22.667Coordinates: 38°26′N 22°40′E / 38.433°N 22.667°E / 38.433; 22.667
Administrative regionCentral Greece
Regional unitBoeotia
 • Municipal unit131.27 km2 (50.68 sq mi)
218 m (715 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density30/km2 (77/sq mi)
 • Population3,192 (2011)
 • Area (km2)80.498
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationΒΙ

Distomo (Greek: Δίστομο) is a town in western Boeotia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 131.270 km2, the community 80.498 km2.[3] Population 3,881 (2011). Distomo is situated in the western foothills of Mount Helicon, at about 450 m elevation. It is 5 km north of the Gulf of Corinth coast, 9 km southeast of Arachova, 12 km east of Desfina, 16 km southeast of Delphi, 18 km west of Livadeia and 105 km northwest of Athens. The Greek National Road 48 (Naupactus - Arachova - Livadeia) passes north of the town.

Distomo is known as the site of the Distomo massacre that was perpetrated by the German army against the local inhabitants during the Second World War.

One of the most important monuments of Byzantine architecture and a UNESCO world heritage site, the monastery of Hosios Loukas is situated close to Distomo.

During the ancient Greek times there was a settlement called Amvrissos (Amvrossos) some of which is buried under Distomo. There is an archaeological museum in Distomo officially called Distomo Archaeological Collection (Wikipidia) with a fine exhibit of ancient pottery. The local football/soccer team is named after this ancient Greek city.

Aluminium of Greece has its production facilities in the coastal village Agios Nikolaos. Other industries include agriculture and services.


The municipal unit Distomo is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):


Year Village population Community population Municipal unit population
1981 - - 5,604
1991 2,156 - -
2001 2,048 3,350 4,368
2011 1,589 3,192 3,881


The ancient Phocean city of Amvrissos (Amvrossos) is located on the site of modern Distomo and its broader area.

Distomo Memorial

On 10 June 1944, Distomo was the site of a massacre of civilians[4] by the Germans, which constituted a war crime. The massacre was meant as "retribution" for the previous death of three Germans at the hands of local guerrillas, even though the villagers had no relation to the guerrillas.

The 4th SS Polizei Division perpetrated grave crimes with superiors encouraging the soldiers. Among them ripping out the intestines of a baby and splattering them on a close relative.

Decades later, a Greek court awarded restitution to Greek victims, but the German government pressed Greece politically to nullify that decision.

To enforce the decision by the Greek court, this case was brought before an Italian court, Greece being unwilling to enforce their own decisions. The judges awarded the plaintiffs the Villa Vigoni in Menaggio, Italy, a German government-sponsored nonprofit foundation. The German government appealed a decision by the Italian supreme civil court for restitutions at the International Court of Justice, claiming for State immunity.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ "Greece threatens to seize German property as compensation". BBC News.

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