Melas, Kastoria

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Melas (Greek: Μελάς, before 1927: Στάτιστα, Statista,[1] Bulgarian and Macedonian Slavic: Статица, Statitsa) is a village in the regional unit of Kastoria, northern Greece. It belongs to the municipality of Kastoria and specifically to the municipal unit of Korestia. The name of the village was changed to Melas, after the Greek fighter Pavlos Melas who lost his life there. A museum dedicated to Pavlos Melas and the Greek struggle for Macedonia now operates in the village.


In 1873, the village was recorded as having 60 households with 180 male Bulgarian inhabitants.[2] In 1900, Vasil Kanchov gathered and compiled statistics on demographics in the area and reported that the village of Statitsa was inhabited by about 600 Christian Bulgarian inhabitants.[3]


  1. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  2. ^ „Македония и Одринско. Статистика на населението от 1873 г.“ Македонски научен институт, София, 1995. стр. 108-109.
  3. ^ Vasil Kanchov (1901). Кънчов, Васил. Македония. Етнография и статистика, София, 1900, стр. 266. (Macedonia: Ethnography and Statistics, p. 266. Accessed 08 February 2018 (in Bulgarian)

Coordinates: 40°42′N 21°16′E / 40.700°N 21.267°E / 40.700; 21.267