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Krinides is located in Greece
Coordinates: 41°1′N 24°18′E / 41.017°N 24.300°E / 41.017; 24.300Coordinates: 41°1′N 24°18′E / 41.017°N 24.300°E / 41.017; 24.300
Administrative regionEast Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unitKavala
Municipal unitFilippoi
 • Population3,365 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationΚΒ

Krinides (Greek: Κρηνίδες, before 1926: Ράχτσα - Rachtsa[2]) is a town in the Kavala regional unit in eastern Macedonia, Greece. It was the seat of the former municipality of Filippoi. The ruins of the ancient city Philippi are close to the town. Krinides is situated at the southwestern foot of the Lekanis hills, 13 km northwest of Kavala and 20 km southeast of Drama. The Greek National Road 12 between Drama and Kavala passes west of Krinides.


Krinides was named after the ancient town Crenides. Formerly a possession of the island of Thasos, Crenides was captured by King Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC. He expanded and fortified the city and renamed it Philippi after himself.[3]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 2,811
1991 3,005
2001 3,295
2011 3,365


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1857). "Philippi". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 2. London: John Murray. pp. 599–600.