Marousi or Maroussi (Greek: Μαρούσι, also Αμαρούσιο Amarousio) is a suburb in the northeastern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. Marousi dates back to the era of the ancient Athenian Republic; its ancient name was Athmonon (Ἄθμονον) and it represented one of the 10 Athenian sub-cities. The area held a main ancient temple, where Amarysia Artemis, the goddess of hunting, was adored, and the city's modern name derives from that of the goddess, Amarysia, which denotes the origin of the worship back in Amarynthos, Euboea.
|Regional unit||North Athens|
|• Mayor||Theodoros Ampatzoglou (ND)|
|• Municipality||12.938 km2 (4.995 sq mi)|
|Elevation||230 m (750 ft)|
|• Municipality density||5,600/km2 (14,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Marousi is situated 13 km (8 mi) northeast of Athens city centre. The municipality has an area of 12.938 km2. The built-up area of Marousi is continuous with those of the neighbouring suburbs Pefki, Kifisia, Vrilissia and Halandri. Within Marousi lies the biggest forest in urban Athens, "Dasos Syngrou" (also "Alsos Syggrou"). The Athens Olympic Sports Complex, the largest sports complex in Greece, built for the 2004 Summer Olympics, is located in the southwestern part of the municipality.
The main thoroughfare is Kifisias Avenue, which connects Marousi with central Athens and the northern beltway Motorway 6. Marousi has 3 stations on Athens Metro Line 1, Neratziotissa, Irini and Marousi stations and two suburban (Proastiakos) commuter railway stations: Nerantziotissa station and Kifisias railway station.
Marousi is also home to a number of prestigious public (Peiramatiko Lyceum Anavryton) and private educational institutions.
Marousi's favourable infrastructure (Motorway 6, Athens Metro, Proastiakos suburban railroad) has led to strong economic growth. The main offices of the Greek subsidiaries of several multinational corporations, including Kodak, Bayer, Kimberly-Clark, Siemens, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Microsoft and Nestlé, and the ANT1 television studios are located in Marousi. The managing office of Consolidated Contractors Company, a large Middle Eastern and International EPC Contractor, is located in Marousi. The Mall Athens, one of the largest shopping centres in southeastern Europe, is situated in the southwestern part of Marousi.
The new building of Greek Ministry of Education is located in Marousi, in the district Neratziotissa. In the same district is located the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, a Greek university. The German School of Athens is also located in Marousi.
Maroussi is the place of Greek Olympic Sport Center. It is located in the southwest of the suburb, in an area that is named Kalogreza. Maroussi has also some sport gymnasium such as Dais Indoor Hall and Maroussi Indoor Hall that are used by local teams. Local teams are Maroussi B.C. with long-time presence in A1 Ethniki Basketball and A.C. Doukas with many titles in Handball and Futsal. The Olympic Stadium is used as home stadium by famous clubs of Greek football, currently by AEK and in the past by Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.
|Sport clubs based in Maroussi|
|Maroussi B.C.||1950||Basketball||2001 European cup in Basketball.|
|A.C. Doukas||1979||Basketball, Handball, Futsal and other sports||Panhellenic titles in Handball and Futsal|
|Niki Maroussi||1991||Basketball||Presence in Beta National basketball|
|Triton Maroussi||1994||Water Polo||Presence in A1 National women|
|Marousi 2004||1998||Baseball||Panhellenic titles in baseball|
Marousi is twinned with the following cities:
- Spiridon Louis (1873–1940), a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming a national hero
- Prince Michael of Greece (1938–), also known as Michel de Grece, son of Prince Christopher of Greece and grandson of King George I of the Hellenes. Prince Michael lived in Marousi from his marriage to Marina Karella in 1965, since late 1970s.[timeframe?]
- Aimilia Tsoulfa, Golden Medalist in Sailing, Athens Olympic Games 2004
- Aliki Vougiouklaki (1934–1996), movie star and singer who appeared in 42 movies, mostly musicals
- Vicky Kaya (1978–), fashion model and actress
- Lydia Venieri, Artist
- Labis Livieratos, singer
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- "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.
- "Contact" (Archive). Vivartia. Retrieved on 6 June 2014. "VIVARTIA 10, Ziridi str 15123 – MAROUSI" - Address in Greek (Archive): "VIVARTIA ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΩΝ Α.Ε. Ζηρίδη 10 15123 – ΜΑΡΟΥΣΙ-ΑΘΗΝΑ"
- "Google locations." Google. Retrieved on May 25, 2016. "Google Athens 7 Fragoklissias St, 2nd floor Marousai Athens 151 25, Greece "
- "Kontakt." German School of Athens. Retrieved on 17 January 2015. "Dimokritou 6 & Ziridi GR 151 23 Maroussi"
- "Dais Indoor Hall". daiscenter.gr. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "Κλειστό Αμαρουσίου". stadia.gr. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
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