Samos (town)

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Samos from Vathy.
Samos from Vathy.
Samos is located in Greece
Coordinates: 37°45′N 26°58′E / 37.750°N 26.967°E / 37.750; 26.967Coordinates: 37°45′N 26°58′E / 37.750°N 26.967°E / 37.750; 26.967
Administrative regionNorth Aegean
Regional unitSamos
Municipal unitVathy
Highest elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Population6,251 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
831 00
Area code(s)22730
Vehicle registrationΜΟ

Samos (Greek: Σάμος, before 1958: Λιμήν Βαθέος - Limin Vatheos[2]) is a port town on the island of Samos in Greece. It is the capital of the municipality of Samos. It is also known as Kato Vathy (Κάτω Βαθύ), referring to its location below Vathy. In 2011 it had a population of 6,251.[1]


The Town of Samos was built in the middle of 18th century as the port of Vathy. At first there were only depots for the necessities of the trade. Samos town was initially named Kato Vathy (meaning low Vathy) or Limenas Vatheos (meaning port of Vathy). Current name (Samos town) was given it in 1958. During 19th became the administration centre of the island.[3] At that time, its population increased. After the union of Samos with Greece, Samos town remained the administration centre of the island, as well as it became the capital of the Samos Prefecture and the seat of the local municipality.

Historical population[edit]

Year Town
1991 5,792
2001 6,236
2011 6,251


Samos town is on the coast, very close to Vathy. Its houses are built in amphitheatrical formation, around the bay. In front of the settlement is the port of Samos with wharf of more than 150 meters length.[4] Notable buildings in Samos are the old churches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridon, the town hall and the two statues (the statue of Themistocles Sofoulis on the coastal road and the big lion statue on the central square).


  1. ^ a b c "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Πόλη της Σάμου (in Greek). Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Port of Vathi". Retrieved 27 January 2014.

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