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Tripoli, Greece

Coordinates: 37°31′N 22°23′E / 37.517°N 22.383°E / 37.517; 22.383
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Tripoli montage. Clicking on an image in the picture causes the browser to load the appropriate article, if it exists.Panoramic view of the City of TripoliSaint Basil CathedralRailway Station of TripoliMalliaropoulio Municipal TheaterCourt House of TripoliAreos Square
Clockwise from top: Panoramic view of the City of Tripoli, Saint Basil Cathedral in downtown Tripoli, Railway Station of Tripoli, Malliaropoulio Municipal Theater, and the Court House of Tripoli with the Areos Square in front of it.
Tripoli is located in Greece
Location within the region
Coordinates: 37°31′N 22°23′E / 37.517°N 22.383°E / 37.517; 22.383
Administrative regionPeloponnese
Regional unitArcadia
 • MayorKonstantinos Tzioumis[1] (since 2019)
 • Municipality1,475.8 km2 (569.8 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit119.3 km2 (46.1 sq mi)
655 m (2,149 ft)
 • Municipality44,165
 • Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
 • Community
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
221 00
Area code(s)2710

Tripoli (Greek: Τρίπολη, Trípoli, Katharevousa Τρίπολις, Trípolis) is a city in the central part of the Peloponnese, in Greece. It is the capital of the Peloponnese region as well as of the regional unit of Arcadia. The homonymous municipality had 44,165 inhabitants in 2021.[2]



In the Middle Ages the place was known as Drobolitsa, Droboltsá, or Dorboglitza, either from the Greek Hydropolitsa, 'Water City' or perhaps from the South Slavic for 'Plain of Oaks'.[3][4] The association made by 18th- and 19th-century scholars with the idea of the "three cities" (Τρίπολις, τρεις πόλεις "three cities": variously Callia, Dipoena and Nonacris, mentioned by Pausanias without geographical context,[5] or Tegea, Mantineia and Pallantium, or Mouchli, Tegea and Mantineia[6] or Nestani, Mouchli and Thana), were considered paretymologies by G.C. Miles.[7] An Italian geographical atlas of 1687[8] notes the fort of Goriza e Mandi et Dorbogliza; a subsequent Italian geographical dictionary of 1827 attributes the name Dorbogliza to the ruins of Mantineia (Mandi) and states that it is located north of Tripolizza.[9] In 1463, it was spelled Droboliza and existed in ruins. The Ottoman Turks would later refer to the town and district as Tripoliça, Trepoliça, and Trapoliça.


"Commander Panagiotis Kefalas plants the flag of Liberty upon the walls of Tripolizza, after the Siege of Tripolitsa" by Peter von Hess

Little is known about Drobolitza, but it is included in a list of abandoned Byzantine sites from 1467, corresponding with the years after Mehmed's conquest of this part of Greece.[10] However, following the Ottoman conquest of Morea, it seems that the cultural and administrative centre of the Tegean plain was moved from Mouchli to Drobolitza. This was development occurring some years after the conquest, sometime after 1467. After 1540, the focus seems to have changed from the fortress itself, to the settlement below it called Tarabluca, that would be the next political centre of the plain.[11] French archaeologist visited the ruins of Tarabluca in 1829, and could still observe the ruins of Drobolitza at this time.

In spring 1770 during a Greek uprising known as Orlov Revolt, the revolutionary armies were halted out of Tripolitsa. In retaliation for the Greek uprising, Albanian mercenaries of the Ottomans slaughtered 3,000 Greeks in a few hours upon entering the city. Total massacre and destruction of the city was avoided after intervention of Osman bey, leader of the Albanian mercenaries.[12]

Before the Greek War of Independence, under the Ottoman name of "Tripoliçe", it was one of the Ottoman administrative centers in the Peloponnese (the Morea Eyalet, often called "pashalik of Tripolitsa") and had large Muslim and Jewish populations. Tripolis was one of the main targets of the Greek insurgents in the Greek War of Independence, who stormed it on 17 October 1821, following the bloody siege of Tripolitsa, and exterminated the Muslim and Jewish populations.[13][14]

Ibrahim Pasha retook the city on June 22, 1825, after it had been abandoned by the Greeks. Before he evacuated the Peloponnese in early 1828, he destroyed the city and tore down its walls.[15]

After the independent Greek state was established in 1830, the old Ottoman buildings of Tripolizza, such as the walls, were completely destroyed or demolished.

Tripoli was renamed and rebuilt and was developed as one of the main cities of the Kingdom of Greece, serving as the capital of the Arcadia district. During the 19th and the 20th centuries the city emerged to be the administrative, economic, commercial and transportation center of central and south Peloponnese.[16]

Geography and climate


The city of Tripoli has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa). Ιt is located in the center of the Peloponnese, at the western border of a large basin (a polje at about 650 m in altitude, a length of ca. 30 km and a width between 12,5 and 2,5 km). The city is today the capital of the regional unit Arcadia (residents, city alone, ca. 30 000, district with hinterland ca. 47500, 2011 Greek census). At its west the city borders the thickly wooded mountain-area “Mainalo”. The Tripoli Basin has gradually been rainwater regulated (mainly after 1945) and turned into farmland. In the southwest floods, which appear in the basin occasionally after rainy winters, as in 2003, formed the temporary Lake Taka. This lake was regulated by a new pond, to retain water for irrigation.

Because of its inland location and high altitude, Tripoli's climate has some continental characteristics, such as some very cold lows during the winter months. Summer temperatures can exceed 38 °C (100 °F) and in winter temperatures below −10 °C (14 °F) have been observed on several occasions. Snow or sleet can occur several times between November and early April.

Its main plazas are aligned with the main street and with a highway linking to Pyrgos and Patras. One of them is named Kennedy, the other is named Georgiou B' (George II). The southern part has its main street named Washington. The main section of the city is enclosed around the castle walls that were built during the Ottoman occupation of Greece. An industrial park has been built in the southwest.

Climate data for Tripolis (1957–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.4
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 9.6
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.1
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 0.7
Record low °C (°F) −17.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 103.6
Average precipitation days 13.7 12.8 12.5 11.5 9.2 6.1 4.0 3.3 4.8 9.8 11.9 15.6 115.2
Average relative humidity (%) 76.1 74.4 69.3 62.5 57.0 47.4 44.1 45.9 54.5 75.4 77.4 77.5 63.5
Source: Hellenic National Meteorological Service[17]

Surrounding area and geology

Another basin in Tripolis municipal unit Levidi (basin of the communities “Vlacherna/Hotoussa/Kandila”), ca. 25 km north of Tripoli
Pond Taka, floods around and ponors of former temporary Lake Taka. Tripoli in the far back

In the large Tripoli Basin and in vast parts of the wider geological formations of the Arcadian Highland tectonics[18] in the dominant carbonate rock "Tripoliza" of the Peloponnese developed a special topography: There are several plains, "intra mountainous basins", even "closed basins": Besides small basins, there are the Tripoli-Basin, the "Argon Pedion" (an almost separated side basin in the northeast of Tripoli), the Basin of Levidi and the Basin of Vlacherna Arcadia/Hotoussa/Kandila).[19]

The peculiarity of all plains and basins in Arcadia is the coincidence with intensive karstification: Water seeps into the underground, rather than eroding and draining the topography by surface waterways. All drainage runs through ponors (in Greek: καταβόθρες) and subterranean waterways.[20] There are 45 ponors in the above named basins.[21] There are 7 ponors around Lake Taka. When winter rains are heavy, the ground is flooded or temporary lakes form, even today, as drainage through ponors is often slow which causes land cultivation delays.


Areos Square with the Court House, designed by Ernst Ziller
Close-up view of the statue of Anastasios Polyzoidis in front of the Court House.

The municipality of Tripoli was formed at the 2011 local government reform by merging these 8 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[22]

The municipality has an area of 1,475.805 km2, the municipal unit 119.287 km2.[23]



The municipal unit of Tripoli is subdivided into these communities:[24]

  • Agios Vasileios
  • Agios Konstantinos
  • Evandro
  • Makri
  • Merkovouni
  • Pallantio
  • Pelagos
  • Perthori
  • Skopi
  • Thanas
  • Tripoli



Tripoli is the flagship campus of the University of the Peloponnese, founded in 2000.

UoP Tripoli is the location of the School of Economy, Management and Informatics, composed of the Department of Economics and the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications.[25]


Tripoli's railway station.

Because it is at the centre of the Peloponnese, Tripolis is a transportation hub. Corinth is 75 kilometres (47 miles) NE, Pyrgos 145 kilometres (90 mi) E, Patras 144 km (89 mi) NW, Kalamata 65 km (40 mi) SW, and Sparti 60 km (37 mi) S.

Tripoli is mainly accessed from Athens and the rest of Greece through the Corinth-Tripoli-Kalamata motorway, known as the Moreas Motorway (A7). An alternative route is the GR-7 which used to be the main highway to Tripoli before the construction of the motorway. The city is also accessed by GR-74 and GR-76 from Pyrgos and by GR-39 from Sparta.

Tripoli is served by the metre gauge railway line from Corinth to Kalamata of the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE). The line was renovated and passenger services to Árgos and Corinth, which had been suspended for a few years, were reinstated in 2009. However, in December 2010 services ceased again due to the general suspension of railway services in the Peloponnese.



Tripoli is home to the two largest Armed Forces bootcamps in Greece, one operated by the Hellenic Army and one by the Hellenic Air Force: the 251st Army Training Battalion and the 124th Basic Training Wing.



Tripoli hosts three sport clubs with presence in the higher national divisions in Greek football and basketball. These clubs are shown below.

Sport clubs based in Tripoli
Club Founded Sports Achievements
Panarkadikos F.C. 1927 Football Earlier presence in Beta Ethniki[26][circular reference]
Asteras Tripolis 1931 Football Presence in Super League Greece
Arkadikos B.C. 1976 Basketball Presence in A2 Ethniki

The siege of Tripolitsa was made famous in the folk (Δημοτικό) song "40 παλικάρια από την Λιβαδειά" (Forty lads from Livadeia)[27]

Historical population

Year Community Municipal unit Municipality
1981 21,337
1991 22,429 26,432
2001 25,520 28,976
2011 30,912 33,785 47,254
2021 30,448 33,026 44,165

Notable people

Epameinontas Deligeorgis
Alexandros Papanastasiou

International relations


Twin towns — sister cities


Tripoli, Greece is twinned with:



  1. ^ Municipality of Tripoli, Municipal elections – October 2023, Ministry of Interior
  2. ^ a b "Αποτελέσματα Απογραφής Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2021, Μόνιμος Πληθυσμός κατά οικισμό" [Results of the 2021 Population - Housing Census, Permanent population by settlement] (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 29 March 2024.
  3. ^ R. M. Dawkins, The Place-names of Later Greece, in Transactions of the Philological Society, November 1933, p. 19–20
  4. ^ George C. Miles, The Athenian Agora, vol. 9, 1962, p 12 (Miles considers "Hydropolitsa" a popularization)
  5. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, English Translation by W.H.S. Jones + H.A. Ormerod, London, 1918, Arcadia, 8.27.4
  6. ^ Leake, Travels in the Morea, Volume 2
  7. ^ George C. Miles, The Athenian Agora vol.9, 1962, p 12
  8. ^ "(Title unset) - Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc". www.raremaps.com.
  9. ^ Nuovo Dizionario Geografico Universale, Cavagna Sanguliani, 1827, page 827
  10. ^ Panagiotopoulos, B. (1987), 243.
  11. ^ J. Bakke (2008), Forty Rivers: Landscape and Memory in the District of Ancient Tegea (Bergen: University of Bergen), 184.
  12. ^ Nikolaou, Georgios (1997). "Islamisations et Christianisations dans le Peloponnese (1715- 1832)". Didaktorika.gr. Universite des Sciences Humaines - Strasbourg II: 181. doi:10.12681/eadd/8139. hdl:10442/hedi/8139. Les Albanais, qui avaient pris l'initiative des opérations, sont entrés à Tripolitsa, ont massacre les habitants et se sont adonnés au pillage. On évalue qu'en l'espace de quelques heures seulement 3.000 Grecs furent tués. Grâce à l'intervention du chef des Albanais Osman bey, l'extermination et la dévastation ne furent pas totales.
  13. ^ Nevill Forbes, et al., The Balkans (full text)
  14. ^ Theodoros Kolokotronis, Apomnimoneumata
  15. ^ John Hartley, Researches in Greece and the Levant, p 341
  16. ^ "Visit Greece | TRIPOLI". www.visitgreece.gr.
  17. ^ "Mean Tripolis Climatic Averages". Hellenic National Meteorological Service. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  18. ^ Jacobshagen, Volker (ed), Geologie von Griechenland, Beiträge zur regionalen Geologie der Erde, Stuttgart, 1986. In German/English
  19. ^ I. Mariolakos (Greek geologist) describes these geological phenomena of Arcadia and relates them to local ancient history and myths: Mariolakos, Ilias. Geomythological Sites and Prehistoric geotechnical and hydraulic Works in Arkadia, 12th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece, Field Trip Guide, Patras May 2010. In Greek. See also “External Links”
  20. ^ Ford, D. C. and Williams, P., Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology, Chichester, 2007, 4th, rev. ed.
  21. ^ 42 alone in the Tripoli Basin. Some are inactive now): Morfis, A. (Athens), Zojer, H. (Graz). Karst Hydrogeology of the Central and Eastern Peloponnesus (Greece). Steirische Beiträge zur Hydrogeologie 37/38. Graz 1986. Plate 9, 4.6.2, p. 186
  22. ^ "ΦΕΚ A 87/2010, Kallikratis reform law text" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  23. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  24. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  25. ^ "Location". www.uop.gr. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  26. ^ Football League (Greece)#Beta Ethniki
  27. ^ "Vangelis and Irene Papas lyrics - Odes lyrics (English translation)". www.vangelislyrics.com.