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Pylaia
Πυλαία
Location
Coordinates 40°36′N 22°59′E / 40.6°N 22.983°E / 40.6; 22.983Coordinates: 40°36′N 22°59′E / 40.6°N 22.983°E / 40.6; 22.983
Government
Country:Greece
Periphery: Central Macedonia
Prefecture: Thessaloniki
Population statistics (as of 2001[1])
City
 - Population: 22,744
 - Area: 24.379 km² (9 sq mi)
 - Density: 933 /km² (2,416 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)

Pylaia (Greek: Πυλαία) is a Borough of Thessaloniki. Pilea covers 24.379 km2 with 4,5 km of coastline extending along the shores of the Thermaic Gulf and had a 2001 census population of 22,744 inhabitants. Pylaia is relatively sparsely populated for a municipality within the Thessaloniki Urban Area.

HistoryEdit

The first reference to Pylaia is found in a historian Thucydides, in 319 BC, under the ancient name Strepsa. It was later known as Kapoutzida, from the Turkish word kapoutzides, or gatemen, deriving from the guards watching over the city walls of Byzantine Thessaloniki. The current name came into general use in 1927, and is derived from the word Pyle (πυλη), meaning gateway and referring to the Eastern Entrance of the city.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Δείτε τη Διοικητική Διαίρεση" (in Greek). Hellenic Interior Ministry. www.ypes.gr. http://www.ypes.gr/UserFiles/f0ff9297-f516-40ff-a70e-eca84e2ec9b9/D_diairesi.xls. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 

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