Mesopotam

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Mesopotam
MesopotamAmFlussBistrica.JPG
Mesopotam is located in Albania
Mesopotam
Mesopotam
Coordinates: 39°55′N 20°6′E / 39.917°N 20.100°E / 39.917; 20.100Coordinates: 39°55′N 20°6′E / 39.917°N 20.100°E / 39.917; 20.100
Country Albania
CountyVlorë
MunicipalityFiniq
Population
 (2011)
 • Municipal unit
2,786
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationDL

Mesopotam (Greek: Μεσοπόταμος - Mesopotamos) is a village and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, in Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Finiq.[1] The population at the 2011 census was 2,786.[2] The municipal unit consists of the villages:[3]

The municipal unit borders Delvinë to the north, Aliko to the south, Dhivër to the east, and Finiq and Aliko to the west.[3]

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from Greek, meaning "between rivers". Most settlements of the commune are inhabited solely by the Greek community.[4] The villages of Muzinë and Pecë are solely inhabited by an Orthodox Albanian population, Bistricë has a mixed population and Kardhikaq is a mixed village inhabited by Greeks and Aromanians.[4]

Attractions[edit]

The Mesopotam village is known for its 13th century Orthodox Church dedicated to St. Nicholas, declared "Protected Monument" from the government.

The "Blue Eye" (Albanian: Syri i Kaltër) water spring nearby is a well-known touristic destination.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-09-24.
  2. ^ 2011 census results Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Official info on the municipality - Vlore County Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania in terms of historical geography and demography." In Nikolakopoulos, Ilias, Kouloubis Theodoros A. & Thanos M. Veremis (eds). Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks of Albania]. University of Athens. Page 53; p. 51. "Ε Έλληνες, ΑΧ Αλβανοί Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί, Β Βλάχοι, Μ Μικτός πληθυσμός", p. 55. "MUZINA ΜΟΥΖΙΝΑ 197 ΑΧ, PECA ΠΕΤΣΑ 166 ΑΧ, BISTRICA ΜΠΙΣΤΡΙΤΣΑ 367 Μ, KARDHIKAQI ΓΑΡΔΓΚΑΚΙ 215 Μ (Ε + Β)".