Olympos, Karpathos

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Olymbos 2012.jpg
Olymbos is located in Greece
Location within Karpathos
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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
Administrative regionSouth Aegean
Regional unitKarpathos
 • Municipal unit104.9 km2 (40.5 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density5.3/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Olymbos (Greek: Όλυμπος) is a village and a former self-governing 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 556 (2011). The total land area of the community is 104.876 km².[3]


In antiquity in this place there was the Doric city Vrykous or Vrycous. Vrykous was one of the three ancient cities of Karpathos.[4] It was located near the village Avlona. Today a small part of the city and the walls are preserved as well as some ruins from graves and three old Christian churches.[5] The city of Vrykous was kept until the 7th or 8th century. Then the residents sought refuge in more mountainous areas on account of Saracen pirates. The refugees from Vrykous founded Olympos possibly in those years. Olymbos was named after the mountain where it is built. The name of the village is feminine (Η Όλυμπος/I Olymbos) contrary to the name of the mountain that is masculine (Ό Όλυμπος/O Olympos). The name Elymbos (Έλυμπος) is used, mainly by local villagers.[6] The villagers of Olymbos kept the local dialect and the traditional costume due to the isolation of this place from the rest of 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

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 51. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  5. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 41. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  6. ^ Προστατευόμενη περιοχή Καρπάθου Σαρίας (PDF) (in Greek). fdkarpathos.gr. p. 35. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

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