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Thrapsano is located in Greece
Coordinates: 35°11′N 25°17′E / 35.183°N 25.283°E / 35.183; 25.283Coordinates: 35°11′N 25°17′E / 35.183°N 25.283°E / 35.183; 25.283
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Heraklion
Municipality Minoa Pediada
 • Municipal unit 37.3 km2 (14.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 2,334
 • Municipal unit density 63/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Population 1,261 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Thrapsano (Greek: Θραψανό) is a former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Minoa Pediada, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 37.292 km2 (14.399 sq mi).[3] Population 2,334 (2011).

Thrapsano village is located roughly 30 km. south-east of Heraklion and is at an altitude of 340m. It was a community until the 1998 "Kapodistria plan", when it became a municipal district of the municipality of Thrapsano. The village is - at least on the island of Crete– well known and particularly to seniors because of the Ventema. Ventema was the summer campaign and temporary installation in the various places of Crete, with earth ideal for pottery, and lots of woods for the furnus, until mid September, of Thrapsano potters, in teams, where they manufactured big jars called “pitharia” and other earthen vessels, because they are fragile and the transportation from the Thrapsano, to consumer's site is too risky with the transportation by donkeys and mules. A proverb says, "Everybody fears the God, and the Thrapsaniotis the walls."

Thrapsano is identified with pottery and particularly with the manufacture of “pitharia”, as its residents are considered descendants of the Minoan potters. Traditionally therefore the Thrapsano resident “Thrapsaniotis” is identified even today with the potter and in particular with the name of “pitharas”.

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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 (Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.