Gazi, Crete

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Gazi is located in Greece
Coordinates: 35°22′N 25°00′E / 35.367°N 25.000°E / 35.367; 25.000Coordinates: 35°22′N 25°00′E / 35.367°N 25.000°E / 35.367; 25.000
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Heraklion
Municipality Malevizi
 • Municipal unit 95.8 km2 (37.0 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 19,221
 • Municipal unit density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
 • Population 14,640 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Gazi (Greek: Γάζι) is a town and a former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit of Crete in Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Malevizi, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It lies 6 kilometres (4 miles) west of Heraklion, on the north coast of Crete. With 12,606 inhabitants (2011 census), it was the seat of the municipality of Gazi (Δήμος Γαζίου), which comprised several nearby villages with a total population of 19,221 and an area of 95.81 square kilometres (36.99 sq mi).[3]

Villages of Gazi municipal unit, by community:

  • Gazi (17.7 km²): Gazi, Agia Marina, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Panteleimon, Ammoudara, Council-Houses, Kavrochori, Kefalogiannis, Koluvas, 62 Martyres, Xiropotamos, Kalessa.
  • Rodia (21.6 km²): Rodia, Kapetanaki Metochi, Linoperamata, Pantanassa, Palaiokastro, Savatiana Monastery.
  • Fodele (24.4 km²): Fodele, Agios Panteleimon Monastery, Fodele beach.
  • Achlada (21.6 km²): Achlada, Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, Made.
  • Kalesia (10.5 km²): Ano Kalesia and Kato Kalesia

Fodele is claimed as the birthplace of the painter El Greco, but this is disputed.[4] His family were from the area and there is a Museum of El Greco in the village.

The ruins of a Venetian castle are at Palaiokastro ("Old Castle").

Agia Pelagia is a seaside resort village.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (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. ^ Kakissis, Joanna (March 6, 2005). "A Cretan village that was the painter's birthplace bridles at a nearby town's claim". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 

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