Nea Zichni

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Nea Zichni
Νέα Ζίχνη
Nea Zichni Serres.jpg
Nea Zichni is located in Greece
Nea Zichni
Nea Zichni
Coordinates: 41°02′N 23°50′E / 41.033°N 23.833°E / 41.033; 23.833Coordinates: 41°02′N 23°50′E / 41.033°N 23.833°E / 41.033; 23.833
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Macedonia
Regional unit Serres
 • Mayor Dairetzis Andreas (since 7 November 2010, first election 22 October 2006)
 • Municipality 405.6 km2 (156.6 sq mi)
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 12,397
 • Municipality density 31/km2 (79/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 9,309
 • Population 2530
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 62042
Vehicle registration ΕΡ

Nea Zichni (Greek: Νέα Ζίχνη) is a municipality in the Serres regional unit, of Central Macedonia region, Greece. Population 12,397 (2011). Nea Zichni is also the name of the administrative seat of the municipality, population 2,530 (2011).


The city was originally built next to the marches of Lake Achinos, on the hill of "Toumba" (2 km south of Nea Zichi)[2] and it was called Ichna (Greek: Ίχνα). It was a Paionian city, that was sometime in the 5th or early 4th century BC incorporated into the Macedonian Kingdom. Another city by the same name Ichna is mentioned by Thucydides being next to Pella, by the estuary of the Loudias and Axios rivers. The name Ichna is a Paionian cognate of the Greek word "ichnos" (Greek: ίχνος) which means "stepping ground" a name appropriate for a city built on the sand between the marsh and the lake (or rhw sea).[3] The original Ichna remained a city throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras,[4] only to be destroyed and was rebuilt far from the lake in its original position on the hills. During the Ottoman years it was a kaza centre in the Sanjak of Serres in the Salonica Eyalet.[5]


The municipality Nea Zichni was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[6]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ D. C. Samsaris, Historical Geography of Eastern Macedonia during the Antiquity (in Greek), Thessaloniki 1976 (Society for Macedonian Studies), p. 134-135
  3. ^ Miltiades E. Bolaris: "Macedonian names and makeDONSKI pseudo-linguistics: The case of the name Pella" [1]
  4. ^ [2] D. C. Samsaris, A History of Serres (in the Ancient and Roman Times) (in Greek), Thessaloniki 1999, p. 77-79
  5. ^ Administrative Division of Selanik Province (Turkish)
  6. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)