Kamena Vourla

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Kamena Vourla
Καμένα Βούρλα
Καμένα Βούρλα.jpg
Kamena Vourla is located in Greece
Kamena Vourla
Kamena Vourla
Coordinates: 38°47′N 22°47′E / 38.783°N 22.783°E / 38.783; 22.783Coordinates: 38°47′N 22°47′E / 38.783°N 22.783°E / 38.783; 22.783
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Greece
Regional unit Phthiotis
Municipality Molos-Agios Konstantinos
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 4,728
Community
 • Population 2796
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 35008
Vehicle registration ΜΙ
Website www.kammenavourla.gr www.kammena-vourla.gr

Kamena Vourla (Greek: Καμένα Βούρλα, lit. “Burnt Rushes”) is a town and a former municipality in Phthiotis, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Molos-Agios Konstantinos, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] The population of the town proper was 2,796 at the 2011 census. The town was formerly known as Palaiochori.

Geography[edit]

Kamena Vourla is located on the south coast of the Malian Gulf, 4 km (2 mi) west of Cape Knimis, which separates the Malian Gulf from the North Euboean Gulf. The Knimis mountains rise just south of the town. It is crossed by Motorway 1, which connects Athens and Thessaloniki.

Springs and monastery[edit]

The famous springs became important around 1926 when the chemist Michail Pertesis discovered the exceptionally high radon concentration in the water, which was thought of as a great value for people's health. Nearly ten years later (1930s), the first hotels started to develop. After World War II, Kamena Vourla was transformed into a famous tourist attraction.

8 kilometres (5 miles) away on the road heading uphill features the monastery known as Iera Moni Metamorfoseos tou Sotiros which was built in around the 11th century. Nearby the city a historic tomb is situated, a monument to the Battle of Thermopylae with a seal of Leonidas, King of Sparta, located not far from the mountain village Karya.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)