Petroupoli (Greek: Πετρούπολη, meaning "City of Stone") is a suburb in the northwestern part of Athens Urban Area, in Greece. Petroupoli was part of the community of Nea Liosia until 1946, when it became a separate community. It was elevated to municipality status in 1972.
|Regional unit||West Athens|
|• Mayor||Stefanos-Gabriel Vlachos|
|• Municipality||6.597 km2 (2.547 sq mi)|
|Elevation||140 m (460 ft)|
|• Municipality density||8,900/km2 (23,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|Area code(s)||210 50|
Petroupoli is situated in the eastern foothills of the Egaleo mountain, 7 km northwest of Athens city centre. The municipality has an area of 6.597 km2. Its main streets (25 March Ave., Anatolikis Romylias St. and Perikleous St.) connect the town with Ilion and Peristeri.
Culture and educationEdit
The Petra Festival takes place every summer. The area's junior football (soccer) team is named Aris Petroupoli.
Petroupoli today incorporates a number of private and 15 public kindergartens, 12 primary schools (11 public and 1 private), 6 public lower secondary schools (gymnasia), 5 public upper secondary schools (lyceums) and one public Technical Secondary School (EPAL).
Mayors and electionsEdit
In this area there was once a great tradition of mayors supported by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). For many years, the suburb's mayor was Nicolaos Paximadas, supported by the KKE. Following his retirement, another candidate endorsed by KKE, Giorgos Giogos, became mayor of the area for the eight years between 1994 and 2002. In 2002, candidate Stefanos Vlachos was elected, endorsed by both another left party, Synaspismos, and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). In 2006 elections, Vlachos was re-elected, earning more than 42% of the votes. In the 2010 elections, another communist mayor, Thomas Kotsambas was elected after the eight-year Vlachos era, making Petroupoli the only municipality in Greece that has a mayor supported by the Communist Party. In the 2014 elections the people of Petroupoli elected Vangelis Simos who has also the support of the Communist Party.
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- "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 28 June 2020.
- "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)