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Evrytania

Evrytania
Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Ευρυτανίας
Regional unit
Municipalities of Evrytania
Municipalities of Evrytania
Evrytania within Greece
Evrytania within Greece
Coordinates:
Country Greece
Region Central Greece
Capital Karpenisi
Area
 • Total 1,868 km2 (721 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 20,081
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Postal codes 36x xx
Area codes 22370
ISO 3166 code GR-05
Car plates ΚΗ
Website .gr.evritaniawww

Evrytania (Greek: Ευρυτανία, alternative romanization Evritania, Latin: Eurytania) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Greece. Its capital is Karpenisi (approx. 8,000 inhabitants).

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
    • Transport 1.2
  • History 2
  • Administration 3
    • Prefecture 3.1
  • Persons 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Geography

Agrafiotis river

Evrytania is almost entirely formed of mountains, including the Tymfristos and the Panaitoliko in the south. Its rivers include the Acheloos in the west, Agrafiotis to the east, and Megdova in the east flowing down to the Ionian Sea. It is one of the least populated regional units in Greece. The area borders Aetolia-Acarnania to the west, southwest and south (west over the Acheloos river), Karditsa regional unit to the north, and Phthiotis to the east. Evrytania also features a famous skiing resort located near Karpenisi on the Tymfristos mountain.

Climate

Its climate is a mixture of Mediterranean and mountainous in the western portion. Much of the area receives snow in winter and is warm during the summer months.

Transport

The Greek National Road 38 from Agrinio to Lamia passes through the southern part of Evrytania and the town Karpenisi. On the border with Phthiotis, the GR-38 passes through the 1.4 km-long Tymfristos Tunnel since 2004.

History

Evrytania dates to ancient times, the area was first settled around 6000 to 5000 BC. In classical antiquity, the Greek Eurytanes[1][2] (Greek: Ευρυτάνες) resided in the region. In the 2nd century BC it fell into Roman hands, and became part of the Roman province of Macedonia (Roman province). At the division of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century it joined the eastern part, which became the Byzantine Empire. In the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade in 1204 it became part of the Despotate of Epirus, which was conquered by the Ottoman Empire around 1450. Unlike other parts of Greece at the time, while the eastern and the southern parts were definitively ruled by the Ottomans, the area around Agrafa managed to sustain complete autonomy due to the difficulties experienced in conquest of the region. After 400 years, Evrytania finally became part of Greece following the Greek War of Independence. As in all of Greece, the area was affected by World War II, and later the Greek Civil War. Peace finally returned to Evrytania at the end of the 1940s and its economy expanded, though there was significant migration from the villages to cities.

Administration

The regional unit Evrytania is subdivided into 2 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):[3]

Prefecture

Evrytania was created as a

  • Prefecture of Evrytania Official Website: www.evrytania.gr
  • Evrytania

External links

  1. ^ Strabo
  2. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854)
  3. ^ a b Kallikratis reform law text PDF

References

See also

  • Evrytania and the History of Agios Nikolaos
  • Evrytanes Istories (Evrytanian Tales)

Bibliography

Persons

New municipality Old municipalities Seat
Agrafa Agrafa Kerasochori
Aperantia
Aspropotamos
Viniani
Fragkista
Karpenisi Karpenisi Karpenisi
Domnista
Fourna
Ktimenia
Potamia
Prousos

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