View of Echinos.
|Administrative region||East Macedonia and Thrace|
|Elevation||333 m (1,093 ft)|
|• Population||3,074 (2011)|
|• Area (km2)||85.691|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Postal code||673 00|
Echinos (Greek: Εχίνος; Bulgarian: Шахин, Shahin) is a village and a community in the municipality Myki. Before the 2011 local government reform it was part of the municipality of Myki, of which it was a municipal district. The 2011 census recorded 2,486 inhabitants in the village and 3,074 inhabitants in the community. The community of Echinos covers an area of 85.691 km2.
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.
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.
According to Lyubomir Miletich as of 1912 Shahin was a Pomak village in the Darıdere kaza of the Ottoman Empire. According to Patriarch Cyril as of 1943 there were 417 households and 1975 inhabitants in Shahin - all Pomaks.
The community of Echinos consists of two separate settlements:
- Melivoia (population 588)
- Echinos (population 2,486)
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. The majority of the population of Echinos are Pomaks.
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