Aigaleo

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Aigaleo
Αιγάλεω
Estavromenou (Christ on the Cross) Square
Estavromenou (Christ on the Cross) Square
Aigaleo is located in Greece
Aigaleo
Aigaleo
Coordinates: 37°59′31″N 23°40′41″E / 37.992°N 23.678°E / 37.992; 23.678Coordinates: 37°59′31″N 23°40′41″E / 37.992°N 23.678°E / 37.992; 23.678
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit West Athens
Area
 • Municipality 6.450 km2 (2.490 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 69,946
 • Municipality density 11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 122 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Z
Website www.aigaleo.gr

Aigaleo or Egaleo (Greek: Αιγάλεω pronounced [eˈɣaleo]) is a municipality in the western part of the Athens aglomeration, Greece. It takes its name from Mount Aigaleo. Its population was 69,946 at the 2011 census.

Geography[edit]

Aigaleo is situated 4 km west of Athens city centre. It is southeast of Mount Aigaleo. The Cephissus river flows through the industrialized eastern part of the municipality; about 1/4 of its area is taken up by factory developments. The town is served by a Athens Metro station: Egaleo metro station. The Motorway 1 (Athens-Thessaloniki) passes through the town.

Aigaleo consists of the quarters Kato Aigaleo, Neo Aigaleo, Damarakia, Lioumi, Rosika, Agios Spyridonas and Agios Georgios.

History[edit]

The municipal park of Egaleo, Athens

Aigaleo was part of the municipality of Athens until 1934, when it became a separate community. It was raised to municipality status in 1943.[2]

The city's present mayor is Dimitris Birbas.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1940 17,686 (community)
1951 29,464
1961 57,840
1971 79,961
1981 81,906
1991 78,563
2001 74,046
2011 69,946

Sports[edit]

Aigaleo hosts many sport teams. The most successful is the Athletic Club Egaleo with successful departments in football (Egaleo FC) and basketball (Egaleo BC). Other amateur clubs are A.P.O. Orfeas, A.E. Egaleo City, A.S. Diagoras Dryopideon, A.P.O. Ierapolis, A.O. Cronos

Notable sport clubs based in Egaleo
Club Sports Founded Achievements
A.P.O. Orfeas Football 1928 Earlier presence in Beta Ethniki
Egaleo Football 1946 Earlier long-time presence in A Ethniki
Basketball 1956 Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki

Mayors[edit]

  • Athanasios Papadopoulos (first president of the community "Nees Kydonies")
  • Giorgos Kourousis
  • Ioannis Batzakidis (1944)
  • Aggelos Kouvelos (1947–1950)
  • Apostolos Stigas (1951–1954)
  • Stavros Mavrothalassitis (1955–1967, 1974–1978)
  • Orfeas Tzanetopoulos (appointed by the military government, 1967–74)
  • Panos Spiliopoulos (1979–1986, 1991–1994)
  • Ioannis Mistakopoulos (1987–1990, 1995–2002)
  • Dimitris Kalogeropoulos (2003–2010)
  • Christos Kardaras (2010 - August 31, 2014)
  • Dimitris Birbas (September 1, 2014 - present)

People[edit]

International relations[edit]

Aigaleo is twinned with:

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "Τέχνης έργα και πρόσωπα του Αιγάλεω" (Published by the Municipality of Egaleo)
  • "Εξήντα χρόνια τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση στο Αιγάλεω" (Nikolaos Mihiotis)
  • "Απ' τις Νέες Κυδωνίες στο Δήμο Αιγάλεω" (Eugenia Bournova)

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