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View of Echinos.
View of Echinos.
Echinos is located in Greece
Coordinates: 41°16.5′N 24°58.3′E / 41.2750°N 24.9717°E / 41.2750; 24.9717Coordinates: 41°16.5′N 24°58.3′E / 41.2750°N 24.9717°E / 41.2750; 24.9717
Country Greece
Administrative region East Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unit Xanthi
Municipality Myki
Municipal unit Myki
Elevation 333 m (1,093 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Rural 2,486
 • Population 3,074 (2011)
 • Area (km2) 85.691
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 673 00
Area code(s) +30-2544-xxx-xxx
Vehicle registration AHx-xxxx

Echinos (Greek: Εχίνος; Bulgarian: Шахин, Shahin) is a village and a community in the municipality Myki.[2] Before the 2011 local government reform it was part of the municipality of Myki, of which it was a municipal district.[2] The 2011 census recorded 2,486 inhabitants in the village and 3,074 inhabitants in the community.[1] The community of Echinos covers an area of 85.691 km2.[3]


Mosque in Echinos.

According to the legend Echinos was founded during the 1360s by Lala Shahin Pasha, hence its old name - Shahin.[4]

The village is first mentioned in an Ottoman document from the middle of the 16th century. The document lists those who voluntarily took part in Ottoman military operations. According to that document 23 Muslim families and 18 single Muslims from Shahin were involved in those operations. Their incomes are also included in the document for proper taxation.[5]

In the end of the 19th century the renowned explorer of the Rhodope Mountains St. Shishkov traveled through Shahin and wrote about the village that the people were very passionate Muslims and when one meets a woman, she turns her face aside. If you try to talk with her or ask her something, she would call her husband. He also wrote that the village was very rich and even the children used to dress in expensive clothes. The houses were two or three stories all painted in white. Shishkov describes the village more like a little town with some 200 houses.[6]

According to Lyubomir Miletich as of 1912 Shahin was a Pomak village in the Darıdere kaza of the Ottoman Empire.[7] According to Patriarch Cyril as of 1943 there were 417 households and 1975 inhabitants in Shahin - all Pomaks.[8]

Administrative division[edit]

The community of Echinos consists of two separate settlements:[1]

  • Melivoia (population 588)
  • Echinos (population 2,486)


Echinos lies on a valley of the Rhodope Mountains. It is 761 kilometers northeast of Athens, 254 kilometers northeast of Thessalonica, and 27 kilometers north northeast of Xanthi.


According to the 2011 census, the population of the settlement of Echinos was 2,486 people, an increase of almost 11% compared to that of the previous census of 2001.[1][3] The majority of the population of Echinos are Pomaks.[9]

Year Population
2001[3] 2,232
2011[1] 2,486

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ "ŞAHİN KÖYÜ". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  5. ^ Цветкова, Бистра (1972). Турски извори за българската история. Том 3:2 (in Bulgarian). София: Българска академия на науките. p. 416. OCLC 405458491. 
  6. ^ Шишков, Ст. Н. (1907). "Елидже дереси. — Нощна гледка и впечатления. — Елидженскитѣ ханища и нощуване въ тѣхъ. — Вододѣлъ на Шеинската и Муставшовска рѣки. — Помашкитѣ села Вълканово и Козлуджа. — Пашавикъ и турскитѣ медресета въ Родопитѣ. — Гюкче-бунарь. — Пашовикския долъ и стария кастелъ Мусагенъ. — Муставшовска рѣка. — Змиища.". Изъ Бѣломорската равнина. Пѫтни бѣлѣжки и впечатления отъ Ст. Н. Шишковъ (in Bulgarian). Пловдивъ: Печатница „Трудъ” на П. Бѣловѣждовъ. pp. 19–20. OCLC 25301398. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  7. ^ Милетич, Любомир (1918). Разорението на тракийскитѣ българи презъ 1913 година (in Bulgarian). София: Българска Академия на Науките; Държавна Печатница. p. 295. OCLC 404571567. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  8. ^ Райчевски, Стоян (2004) [1998]. Българите мохамедани (in Bulgarian) (II ed.). София: Национален музей на българската книга и полиграфия. p. 139. ISBN 954-9308-51-0. OCLC 68572487. 
  9. ^ Hope, Kerin (21 June 2005). "Discrimination fades but isolation stifles Pomak people". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "O Μουφτής". Retrieved 2009-06-22.