The Tourkovounia (Greek: Τουρκοβούνια), also known as Lykovounia (Λυκοβούνια, "wolf mountains") and in Antiquity called Anchesmos (Ἀγχεσμός), is a hill range in Attica. The name has also been transferred to a neighbourhood of Athens and a neighbourhood in Keratsini.
Polygono and in the background the Tourkovouni , Augusta Stylianou, Artist
Tourkovounia means "Turkish mountains". They are so named because of a large Turkish cemetery that existed there during the Ottoman occupation of Greece.
The Tourkovounia are the tallest and most extensive hill range in central Attica, dividing the Attica basin into eastern and western parts. The range forms the boundary between the municipalities of Galatsi (to the west and northwest), Filothei (to the north) and Psychiko (to the northeast), while the southern part of the range belongs to the Municipality of Athens.
The ancient name, Anchesmos, refers to the sharp peaks of the range, while the modern name is said to derive either from a Turkish cemetery during the Ottoman rule or because the troops of Omar Pasha had their camp there in the last years of the Greek War of Independence. In the later 19th century, the hills were the lair of the notorious brigand Kakaras. During the Regime of the Colonels (1967-1974), a huge church dedicated to the Saviour was planned to be built on the hills as a "National Votive", but the project was never carried out.
Today, the Attic Forest, the Youth Center of Galatsi, and the Monastery of St Elijah are located on the hills. The quarters of Polygono and Panorama Galatsiou are situated on their slopes.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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