Moschato


Moschato (Greek: Μοσχάτο) is a suburb in the southwestern part of the Athens agglomeration, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Moschato-Tavros, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2]

Moschato

Μοσχάτο
Moschato is located in Greece
Moschato
Moschato
Location within Athens
DE Moschatou.svg
Coordinates: 37°57′N 23°40′E / 37.950°N 23.667°E / 37.950; 23.667Coordinates: 37°57′N 23°40′E / 37.950°N 23.667°E / 37.950; 23.667
CountryGreece
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitSouth Athens
MunicipalityMoschato-Tavros
 • Municipal unit2.325 km2 (0.898 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit
25,441
 • Municipal unit density11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
183 xx
Area code(s)210
Vehicle registrationZ
Websitewww.dimosmoschatou.gr

GeographyEdit

Moschato is situated on the Phaleron Bay coast, east of the mouth of the river Cephissus. The municipal unit has an area of 2.325 km2.[3] It is 6 km southwest of Athens city centre and 3 km east of Piraeus. The southern end of Motorway 1 (Athens - Thessaloniki) is in Moschato. Other important roads are Poseidonos Avenue along the coast and Peiraios Street in the north. The main squares of Moschato are Metamorfoseos Sotiris Square on Makrygianni Avenue, with the eponymous church, and Iroon Polytechneiou Square with the City Hall.

TransportEdit

 
Moschato metro station

The Moschato metro station is served by Athens Metro Line 1, which connects it with Piraeus and central Athens. Moschato is also served by the Athens Tram network, and by the bus routes 914, 860, 229, 217, 101, B1, 500, 130, 049, 040, 232, 218, C1, 420 and A1.

CultureEdit

The local fair is held on 6 August every year, festivities starting from the 5th, when the cathedral of Aghia Sotira (Our Christ Saviour) has its religious holiday.

Moschato is known for its Carnival celebrations held every year approximately two weeks before Clean Monday (Kathara Deytera). Festivities for all ages are held throughout the town and more specific at the Tent (Tenta) that the municipal puts up at the Korai Str. square. Delegations from many cities across Greece as well as foreign communities take part in this two week festivity. Teenagers have the opportunity to take part in a large Treasure/Scavenger Hunt (Kinigi toy Chamenou Thisavrou) which takes place in all of Moschato and lasts for the entire two weeks, engaging into games, singing contests, citywide treasure hunts, masquerade competitions and with the chance of winning prizes, trips and many other gifts.

Historical populationEdit

Year Population
1941 12,913
1981 21,138
1991 22,039
2001 23,153
2011 25,441

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.

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