Megalopolis, Greece

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Prefecture: Arcadia
Province: Province of Megalopoli
Location: Template:Coor dms
Area:
-Total
-Water
-Rank

km

Population: (1991)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank

 -8,888
 -/km</small>
Communes: 29
Elevation:
 -lowest:
 -centre:
 -highest:

about 400 m
430 m(centre)
about 1,600 m (Lykaio)
Postal code: 222 00
Area/distance code: 11-30-27910-2
(030-279120-2)
Municipal code: 0516
Car designation: TR
Name of inhabitants: Megalopolitan sing.
-s pl.
3-letter abbreviation MGL
Address of administration: 30 Papanastasiou St.
Megalopoli 222 00
Website: www..gr
(in Greek and English)

Megalopolis, or Megalopoli is a town famous for its ancient theatre. Megalopolis is a Greek word for Great city. It is in the western part of the prefecture of Arcadia. The population in 2001 reached over 5,000. It is the only growing community in western Arcadia. Other villages towns reported a loss in population in 2001. Distance from Tripoli, Greece is 30 km from 33, SE of Andritsaina and from Kalamata is 55 km NE on Interstate 7, and E65. The city has a square in the heart of the city. Its area code is 27410 with 5 digits. The mountains surrounding Megalopolis are Taygetus, and Tsiberou. Its nearest television and communications tower are on top of mount Tsiberou. Much of the area is isolated, and the forested valley contains about 10,000. It is one of the most underpopulated areas in the Peloponnese. It is situated between the Alpheus and the Elisson rivers.

It is famous for its ancient ruins founded northwest which features and ancient theatre which used to hold up to 20,000 people and was 30 m tall. Other landmarks include the Thersileon with 67 pillars and the temple (11.5 m 5 m).

Megalopoli has three schools, lyceums, gymnasia, churches, banks, hotels, a post office and squares (plateia). It also has a train station which is also has a freight yard 1 km from downtown. The track is not through to Tripoli, the line for Kalamata – Tripoli – ArgosCorinth is 4 km S.

In 371 BC, the Theban general Epamonidas in an attempt to form a political counterweight for Sparta. It was one of the 40 places that were megle plis (great city). Megalopolis became the seat of the Arcadian League in 370 BC which in the 3rd century BC became the Achaean League It used to be one of the about 20,000 places that have an ancient theatre. The city fell during the Middle Ages and was refounded after the Greek Independence.

It was known as Sinanou until the 19th century.

In the mid-1960s, the Public Power Organization (DEI) and the government started construction on a power plant which took several years to opened two towers? in order to increase power consumption throughout Greece. The power plant is approximately 8 km NW of downtown. It was first opened in 1969. The area is about 0.2 to 0.3 km. It serves hydro to the southern portion of Greece. A lignite mining area are situated around the plant. The power lines are near the plant. It is connected with GR-76 (Krestena – Andritsaina – Megalopoli). A part of the population are employees of this plant.

A wider highway southwest first opened in around the 1980s. Megalopolis is now bypassed by a new freeway connecting from Kalamata and Athens. Construction began in 1999 in the southwest and headad northeast in 2001 and was opened to traffic in 2002. The freeway now runs between the little villages Perivolia and Routsi, and there lies the Alpheus River.

In 1993, a brush fire burned much of eastern Megalopolis and the Tsiberou area. It burnt approximately 50 to 60 square kilometres of land.

Nearest places

Subdivisions

Communes

Historical population

Year Communal population Change Municipal population Change
1920 1,776 - - -
1961 2,235 1,059/59.63% -
1981 4,875 2,640/113.06% -
1991 4,646 -229/-4.7% 8,888 -
2001 5,114 468/1.01% - -

Megalopolis is also a province. It contains the communities of:

It also contains the municipalities of:

Name of municipality Municipal code Seat Postal code
Falaisia 0522 Leontari 220 21
Gortynia 0505 Karytaina 220 22
Megalopoli 0516 Megalopoli 222 00

External links

North: Gortynia
West: Figaleia
Megalopoli East: Valtesi
South: Falaisia

See also:

Template:Arcadiahe:מגלופוליס (יוון העתיקה) nl:Megalopolis ro:Megalopolis

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