Aetomilitsa (Greek: Αετομηλίτσα, before 1927: Δέντσικο - Dentsiko, Aromanian: Densko, Denicko) is a village in the Ioannina regional unit, Epirus, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Konitsa, of which it is a municipal unit. Before 2011, it was an independent community. The 2011 census recorded 432 residents in the village. The community of Aetomilitsa covers an area of 51.297 square kilometres (19.806 sq mi).
View on Aetomilitsa village. Peaks of Gramos mountain visible in the background
|• Municipal unit||51.297 km2 (19.806 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,485 m (4,872 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||1,385 m (4,544 ft)|
|• Municipal unit||432|
|• Municipal unit density||8.4/km2 (22/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
The village lies on the Gramos mountain. It is one of the highest communities in Greece situated at an altitude between 1,385 and 1,485 metres (4,544 and 4,872 ft). A glacial lake, Moutsalia Lake (Greek: Λίμνη Μουτσάλια) is situated 5 km as the crow flies or 13 km drive on a dirt road from Aetomilitsa.
Aetomilitsa today and since its founding has been traditionally inhabited by native Aromanians (Vlachs) who are Orthodox Christians. For a time during the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), Aetomilitsa was the seat of the communist rebels, the so-called "Provisional Democratic Government".
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- "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
- Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
- "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.
- "Fourwheel drive to Grammos - Lake Moutsalia". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
- Shrader, Charles R. (1999). The Withered Vine: Logistics and the Communist Insurgency in Greece, 1945-1949. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 9780275965440.