Amaliada

Amaliada (Greek: Αμαλιάδα, Katharevousa: Ἀμαλιάς, Amaliás) is a town and a former municipality in northwestern Elis, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Ilida, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 251.945 km2.[3] In 2011, the municipal unit had 28,520 inhabitants, of whom 16,763 lived in the town of Amaliada. It is near the archaeological site of Elis, the city-state whose territory was the site of the ancient Olympic Games. It is situated in the plains of Elis, 6 km from the Ionian Sea. It is 10 km southeast of Gastouni, 16 km northwest of Pyrgos and 60 km southwest of Patras.

Amaliada
Αμαλιάδα
Town square
Town square
Amaliada is located in Greece
Amaliada
Amaliada
Location within the regional unit
DE Amaliados.svg
Coordinates: 37°48′N 21°21′E / 37.800°N 21.350°E / 37.800; 21.350Coordinates: 37°48′N 21°21′E / 37.800°N 21.350°E / 37.800; 21.350
CountryGreece
Administrative regionWest Greece
Regional unitElis
MunicipalityIlida
 • Municipal unit251.945 km2 (97.277 sq mi)
Elevation
6 m (20 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit
28,520
 • Municipal unit density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
272 00, 270 69, 273 00
Area code(s)26220
Vehicle registrationΗΑ

Amaliada was named after Queen Amalia of Greece in the 1830s, and formed by merging two communes, Kalitsa and Dervitselepi. It features a city square with pine trees and a fountain. Most of the streets are in grid order running almost due north, south, east, and west. On the east side, Amaliada has a public sports stadium (mainly used for soccer). The hospital and the monastery of Frangavilla are in the southeast. Amaliada has a train station on the line from Patras to Pyrgos. A street in Amaliada's west side is named Hiroshima in memory of the victims of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Kourouta and Palouki are the beaches of Amaliada, about 6 km southwest of the town centre.

Population historyEdit

Year Town Community Municipal unit
1981 15,248 - -
1991 15,232 - 26,588
2001 18,261 20,030 32,090
2011 18,303 28,520 32,219

SubdivisionsEdit

The municipal unit Amaliada is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Sporting teamsEdit

Amaliada is the seat of Koroivos which plays in A1 Ethniki. The town also hosts the football team Asteras Amaliada F.C. with earlier presence in Gamma Ethniki.

Sport clubs based in Amaliada
Club Founded Sports Achievements
Asteras Amaliada F.C. 1947 Football Earlier presence in Gamma Ethniki
Koroivos Amaliadas 1983 Basketball, Volleyball Presence in A1 Ethniki Basketball

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Amaliada is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Sister/Twin Cities of Balıkesir Province

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