Oichalia, Messenia

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Oichalia
Οιχαλία
Oichalia is located in Greece
Oichalia
Oichalia
Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Messenia
Area
 • Municipality 415.4 km2 (160.4 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 59.1 km2 (22.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 11,228
 • Municipality density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 2,100
 • Municipal unit density 36/km2 (92/sq mi)
Community[1]
 • Population 381 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΚΜ

Oichalia (Greek: Οιχαλία) is a village and a municipality in Messenia, Greece. The seat of the municipality is in Meligalas.[2] Oichalia is known for its rich expanse of olive trees and fig orchards. At its height the village boasted several cafes, a bustling farmer's market, and a popular open-air cinema run by the Limberopoulos family. Other families, such as the Hantzopoulos and Karbaliotis clans, the former a cobbler and the latter a butcher, helped make Oichalia the destination of choice for Messinians in need of footwear and quality meats.

Municipality[edit]

The municipality Oichalia was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 5 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

The municipality has an area of 415.433 km2, the municipal unit 59.060 km2.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.