Olympos, Karpathos

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Olympos is located in Greece
Coordinates: 35°44′N 27°11′E / 35.733°N 27.183°E / 35.733; 27.183Coordinates: 35°44′N 27°11′E / 35.733°N 27.183°E / 35.733; 27.183
Country Greece
Administrative region South Aegean
Regional unit Karpathos
Municipality Karpathos
 • Municipal unit 104.9 km2 (40.5 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 556
 • Municipal unit density 5.3/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Olympos (Greek: Όλυμπος) is a village and a former community on the island of Karpathos, in the Dodecanese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Karpathos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is located in the northern part of the island. Population 761 (2001). The municipal unit includes Saria Island and the uninhabited islets of Astakída, Atsakidópoúlo, Divoúnia, and Chamilí. The total land area of the community is 104.876 km².

Olympos is also the place of origin of Yannis Philippakis, the frontman of the British band Foals.


In antiquite in this place there was the Doric city Vrykous or Vrycous. Vrykous was one of the three ancient cities of Karpathos.[3] It was located near village Avlona. Today a small part of city and the walls are saved as well as some ruins from graves and three old Christian churches.[4] The city of Vrykous was kept until 7th or 8th century. Then the residents sought a refuge in more mountainous areas on account of Saracen pirates. The refugees from Vrykous founded Olympos possibly those years. Olympos was named after the mountain where is built. The name of the village is female (Η Όλυμπος/I Olympos) in contrary to the name of mountain that is male (Ό Όλυμπος/O Olympos). Parallelly the name Elympos (Έλυμπος) it is used, mainly by local villagers.[5] Villagers of Olympos kept the local dialect and the traditional costume due to the isolation of this place from other Karpathos. The traditional style of the village attracts many tourists nowadays.

Historical population[edit]

Census Settlement Community
1991 304
2001 323 480
2011 270 556


  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 51. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 41. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 35. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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