Stamata

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Stamata
Σταμάτα
Stamata is located in Greece
Stamata
Stamata
Coordinates: 38°07′N 23°52′E / 38.117°N 23.867°E / 38.117; 23.867Coordinates: 38°07′N 23°52′E / 38.117°N 23.867°E / 38.117; 23.867
Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit East Attica
Municipality Dionysos
 • Municipal unit 18.950 km2 (7.317 sq mi)
Elevation 370 m (1,210 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 2,906
 • Municipal unit density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 145 75
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Zxx

Stamata (Greek: Σταμάτα) is a community in East Attica, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Dionysos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 18.950 km2.[3]

Stamata is a rather exclusive suburb, situated in the mountainous northeastern part of the Athenian plain, between the Parnitha and Penteli mountains, about 23 km northeast of Athens. Till the last decades, only the main village was inhabited, while the rural area was cultivated by the inhabitants of the village. Nowadays, there are also residences in the settlement of Amygdaleza (Αμυγδαλέζα) and the residential associations of Euxeinos Pontos (Εύξεινος Πόντος) and Prokonisos (Προκόνησος). Stamata could be designated as a rural, rather than a suburban, area, but luxury houses and villas are continuously being developed, mainly in the aforementioned residential associations, turning Stamata into an upper middle class suburb.

Land use[edit]

A beautiful pine forest covers the largest part of Stamata, where any kind of development is strictly prohibited by law, although it is an open secret that there are various cases of trespassing and environmental devastation. The residential areas cover only a small part, while in the remaining rural areas, there are sheepcotes, farmlands and vineyards.

Legend[edit]

Stamata is believed to lie along the route run by Pheidippides on his mythical journey to declare victory in the Battle of Marathon, which gave its name to the marathon sporting event. According to the legend, Pheidippides was urged to stop (Greek: Σταμάτα) while passing through the community, hence giving it its name.

Cuisine[edit]

Stamata is now famed for its tavernas serving grilled meat, popular among weekending Athenians, and the viticulture.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ 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.